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The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
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Dec 02, 08

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Although very few post-WWII histories will ever match up to Gaddis's own Strategies of Containment, this book is perhaps the single best summary of the trajectory of the Cold War as a whole. While it does make use of recently-opened Soviet-bloc archives, the book's main strength is simply its powerful writing, coherent survey of the era's main historical threads, and lively descriptions of many of the individual relationships that defined and altered the course of events. Highly recommended as a fundamental and basic text of Cold War history.
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