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The Cold War: A Military History

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Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering dispute between two of the greatest military powers in history. Hundreds of millions of people held their collective brea ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published September 2005)
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May 29, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with a general historical interest in the Cold War
I understand why they gave this book the elaborative title of "A Military History" but I wish they hadn't. Yes, every chapter does illustrate a military action of the Cold War, however I felt that the title seems much more ominous than it is. The only base knowledge you need to read this book is very general, an idea of names and dates...maybe access to an atlas. I actually would recommend this book most highly to someone who lived through and took an active interest in the Cold War as many of t ...more

I would recommend this book to people for no other reason than the two excerpts on the Vietnam War POWs, MIA by Marilyn Elkins (the only woman in the who collection) and "That's Ocay XX Time Is On Our Side" by Geoffrey Norman. Both of these pieces paint a tragic and touching picture of these poor American men used as political pawns by their own country. The collections on early Berlin were also interesting, in my opinion. The rest, although informative, became tedious at times with all the t
Oct 25, 2009 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This one is very, very good as far as it goes, but it does not go nearly far enough.

It is a collection of essays that trace the cold war from the ear confrontations between spy services in post-WW2 Austria through material gained from the former Soviet Union after the fall. Every essay covers its subject well, and each is entertaining to read.

However, there is little to link them together, save for a few words in the introduction to the next piece. The thread that would connect the story of the
Jul 16, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
(entered this years later; read it before Goodreads)

Probably enjoyed it.

Aurora library.
May 15, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
I very much enjoyed this collection of Cold War essays. Beginning with the Korean War, this collection takes you through the pertinent events of the Cold War, each essay written by an eyewitness or expert in the field. From the spies in Berlin to the Vietnam War, there is something for everyone who is interested in this era. It's one of the better books I've read on the subject for giving new perspectives.
Ryan Wulfsohn
May 09, 2012 Ryan Wulfsohn rated it really liked it
Excellent anthology covering various subjects and events of the Cold War, such as the Berlin airlift, the Korean war, reconnaissance overflights by the US and UK of the Soviet Union, certain aspects of Vietnam, and the development of nuclear weapons and missile technology.
Allison Archer
Apr 04, 2012 Allison Archer rated it liked it
This was an assigned read in a class about the Cold War. It was an interesting collection of essays that gave unique, "insider" perspectives.
Aug 09, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Good book. Slow at times, but some worthwhile information that you wouldn't normally read or hear about.
Apr 07, 2007 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested In the Cold war. Some wanting to learn more about the Cold War
U.S. & Soviet exploits during the cold war were vast. This book touches on some of the major themes.
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Robert Cowley is an American military historian, who writes on topics in American and European military history ranging from the Civil War through World War II. He has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing and is the founding editor of the award-winning MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Cowley has also written extensively and edited three collections of essays ...more
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