Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Culture of the Cold War” as Want to Read:
The Culture of the Cold War
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Culture of the Cold War

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
"Without the Cold War, what's the point of being an American?" As if in answer to this poignant question from John Updike's Rabbit at Rest, Stephen Whitfield examines the impact of the Cold War—and its dramatic ending—on American culture in an updated version of his highly acclaimed study. In a new epilogue to this second edition, he extends his analysis from the McCarthyi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 1996 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1990)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Culture of the Cold War, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Culture of the Cold War

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sean Mccarrey
Feb 20, 2012 Sean Mccarrey rated it liked it
The first one hundred pages and the last forty were really great. The rest was superfluous.
Mar 12, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Domestic anti-communism manifests in culture during the 1950s
Feb 28, 2016 Piker7977 rated it liked it
Whitfield does a good job of incorporating cultural themes, events, and ideals into the greater narrative of the Cold War. The strengths are his chapters on movies. Whitfield is often at odds with film scholars who interpret these films with an aesthetic perspective whereas his interpretation is based on political history. These revaluations of film from the 1950s and 60s are worth the price of admission.

A major flaw is the portrayal of presidents. Whitfield's analysis of Eisenhower, Kennedy, an
Sharon Scott
Dec 10, 2015 Sharon Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

I used this book in a research for a literary paper I was writing for my multi-Ethnic Literature class. I had a fifteen page paper on Analysis of Philip Roth's "Goodbye, Columbus" I need some historical background from the time period it took place. It was a great help. It is for anyone who needs to look back on the era, or who did not live through it. It is eye opening. It is a must read! For everyone who did not live through it and votes now!
Apr 09, 2015 Tika rated it it was ok
The credibility of this work is compromised from the lack of footnotes for some astounding points. I loved the first chapter. I snoozed through the rest with the exception of some interesting stuff here and there.
One of the better histories of "cold war culture."
Feb 20, 2008 Janiece rated it it was ok
lame anecdotal attempt at trying to re-create a cultural milieu.
Feb 09, 2016 Erik rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars***
Jan 26, 2011 B rated it it was ok
Bob rated it liked it
Jun 23, 2010
Scott Udall
Scott Udall rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2014
Jackie Kelly
Jackie Kelly rated it it was amazing
Sep 21, 2011
Jessi Ballard
Jun 11, 2012 Jessi Ballard rated it it was ok
badly written, well researched
Matthew Crookshank
Matthew Crookshank rated it liked it
Mar 02, 2009
Matthew rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2008
Kevin rated it liked it
Jan 25, 2013
Tracy rated it it was amazing
Mar 31, 2015
Dean Oliver
Dean Oliver rated it liked it
Mar 14, 2015
Kristin rated it liked it
Jul 20, 2009
Norrie rated it did not like it
Nov 02, 2011
Akbar Abidi
Akbar Abidi rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2014
Max rated it really liked it
Aug 20, 2011
Hope Lash
Hope Lash rated it really liked it
Mar 01, 2017
Andy Buchner
Andy Buchner rated it it was amazing
Dec 17, 2012
Aileen rated it liked it
May 09, 2010
Bradley rated it liked it
Dec 25, 2012
Konstantin rated it it was ok
Jun 13, 2011
Iuski rated it liked it
Mar 05, 2013
K. Rosemont
K. Rosemont rated it it was amazing
Jul 08, 2011
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy
  • Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America
  • Homeward Bound: American Families In The Cold War Era
  • By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age
  • The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
  • No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920
  • America, Russia and the Cold War 1945-2006
  • The Tragedy of American Diplomacy
  • Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture
  • Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right
  • The Vietnam Wars 1945-1990
  • Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
  • The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War
  • The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age
  • Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917
  • Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente
  • A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920
  • Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850

Share This Book