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The and#147;dean of Cold War historiansand#148; (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but whyand#151;from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.

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The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.

Synopsis:

Beginning with World War II and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the author provides a thrilling account of the strategic dynamics that drove the age, rich with illuminating portraits of its major personalities and fresh insight into its most crucial events.

About the Author

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. His other books include We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History; Surprise, Security, and the American Experience; and a revised and expanded edition of Strategies of Containment. He was a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

Table of Contents

The Cold War Preface

List of Maps

Prologue: The View Forward

I. The Return Of Fear

II. Deathboats And Lifeboats

III. Command Versus Spontaneity

IV. The Emergence Of Autonomy

V. The Recovery Of Equity

VI. Actors

VII. The Triumph Of Hope

Epilogue: The View Back

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038276
Author:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
World politics -- 1945-1989.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert; b/w maps throu
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44x5.52x.78 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.

"Synopsis" by , Beginning with World War II and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the author provides a thrilling account of the strategic dynamics that drove the age, rich with illuminating portraits of its major personalities and fresh insight into its most crucial events.
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