Synopses & Reviews
From "the dean of Cold War historians" (New York Times
): an important new reckoning with the hostile relationship that defined our age.
It began during the Second World War, when American and Soviet troops converged from east and west. Their meeting point--a small German city--became part of a front line that solidified shortly thereafter into an Iron Curtain. It ended in a climactic square-off between Ronald Reagan's America and Gorbachev's Soviet Union. In between were decades of global confrontation, uncertainty, and fear.
Drawing on new and often startling information from newly opened Soviet, Eastern European, and Chinese archives, this thrilling account explores the strategic dynamics that drove the Cold War, provides illuminating portraits of its major personalities, and offers much fresh insight into its most crucial events. Riveting, revelatory, and wise, it tells a story whose lessons it is vitally necessary to understand as America once more faces an implacable ideological enemy.
"Gregory and Sklar, reading Yale history professor Gaddis's study of the American-Soviet standoff, give voice to their inner television announcer, their twin brands of masculine sonorousness verging on virile parody before settling comfortably on the side of familiar voice-over solidity. Gaddis's work unravels the tangled threads of the Cold War, from the tense Allied conferences at the end of WWII to the Korean War and onward, and his book's readers give it the sensation of every word being carefully cultivated and primped before being spoken. If this leads to some of the immediacy, the heart-in-throat sensation, of the events described being diluted, so be it, for Gregory and Sklar give Gaddis's book the grandeur its subject matter so richly deserves. Sounding more professorial, in the I-play-an-Ivy-League-professor-on-television sort of way, than the good professor himself, Gregory and Sklar do an admirable job of making Gaddis's learned words their own. Simultaneous release with the Penguin Press hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 14). (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A comprehensive and wise survey of the Cold War. Even those, like me, who do not agree with all its judgments will benefit from its sweep and scholarship.
With this book, the dean of Cold War historians has written his summa. A brilliant work of history, compellingly told and authoritative."
The final audiobook in this series on the Cold War, from the "dean of Cold War historians" ("The New York Times"), presents the crowning work of a career spanning four decades. Unabridged. 10 CDs.
About the Author
JOHN LEWIS GADDIS is an internationally renowned historian of the cold war. He has written extensively on the subject, including We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History and The United States and the Origins of the World War, 1941-1947. Gaddis is on the advisory board of the Cold War International History Project. A senior fellow of the Hoover Institution from 2000 to 2002, he served as a consultant on the CNN television documentary Cold War. Gaddis resides in Connecticut.JAY GREGORY is a veteran New York actor of stage, film, and television. He can be heard in a number of informational narrations on the Discovery Channel, TLC, NOVA, and PBS, and he has a wide range of audiobooks to his credit.ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.