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Someone Is Out to Get Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness

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From UFOs to Dr. Strangelove, LSD experiments to Richard Nixon, author Brian Brown investigates the paranoid, panicked history of the Cold War.

In Someone Is Out to Get Us, Brian T. Brown explores the delusions, absurdities, and best-kept secrets of the Cold War, during which the United States fought an enemy of its own making for over forty years -- and nearly scared
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Twelve
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Brian Brown Kris -- this is the author here, Brian Brown. If you go to website someoneisouttogetus.com, you can read the book's introduction, which will give you…moreKris -- this is the author here, Brian Brown. If you go to website someoneisouttogetus.com, you can read the book's introduction, which will give you a sense of my background. In short, I'm old enough to have lived this history, and to have traveled behind the Iron Curtain. I studied history at Columbia, worked on the foreign desk of the New York Times, have won 15 Emmys (three for writing), worked 12 Olympic broadcasts, produced a dozen documentaries, I'm currently an adjunct professor, and this is my third book. (less)

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Marcella Wigg
Dec 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: modern-history
1.5 stars.

The critical reader reviews I've seen so far of Someone Is Out to Get Us have focused on Brown's liberal slant on U.S. politics during the Cold War. He is certainly less sympathetic to Republicans than to Democrats (although he criticizes both), but that doesn't invalidate many of his points about American political opportunism in the Cold War, which are, in my opinion, mostly valid, though very well-trod territory. Joe McCarthy, Allen Dulles, Richard Nixon, and J. Edgar Hoover abused
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Charlie Ditkoff
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun/compelling/multiple perspectives on the Cold War. Makes you feel like you are living in those Scary Times. Highly recommend its to both serious historians and culture buffs. Couldn’t put it down.
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
I was alive during the cold war but mostly remember it from the disco era and the Reagan era. This book emphasizes the early cold war a lot but covers the whole period up to the fall of the Berlin wall. Most of the history I am familiar with the author covers the high drama and superpower muscling mostly in the arena of spies and nukes. The stuff that a lot of cold war histories focus on. However, most of the cold war in terms of lives lost was fought in developing countries in the third world ...more
Susan Campton
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Welcome back to another Throwback Thursday where we travel back in time to visit an event, person, place or thing and relive an era. This week’s trip back in time, is not, unfortunately a gem, it is a very low grade semi-precious stone, fun to look at, but there is not much to it. I was excited to get it, but having started to read it, became disappointed rather quickly and then slogged through it and began to check resources and other actual Gems to double check Brown’s facts.
This is Brian T.
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Tyler
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, library
Strange to say but I don't think I've seen a book which is a history specifically of the entire Cold War. There are books that focus on one subject or person and go from there but this keeps it's focus on a broader sense in order to cover as much as possible. There are many short chapters which all hit a different point. Flipping through the bibliography, it's a long list of books I always wanted to read but haven't been able to. The depth obviously is fairly shallow on each point but it's deep ...more
Karl W.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meticulously researched, Brian Brown's look at the evolution of the cold war accomplishes the difficult task of weaving historical events from different points of view into an gripping story. His passion and flow brings history to life. As a fan of historical non-fiction, I have trouble putting this down. The only caveat is that depending where you are in the book, reading it before bed time may leave you a bit un-nerved, making it hard to fall asleep.
Sasha
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read
Sean Perkins
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gobbled this book up! It's so well researched and the author did a great job of making this intense and complicated history feel like a narrative story. Def would recommend to people who love history.
Beth Ann Ditkoff
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Someone is Out to Get Us is a timely and easy read. The chapters are individual stories that connect to a comprehensive and thorough book. Brown gives enough details without being distracting. I recommend this book for history lovers and anyone who likes to read well-written narrative nonfiction.
Kris
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone remotely interested in politics, history or human relations
Shelves: kindle, own
First: This has the makings of a textbook. Second: That said, I still enjoyed reading it! Facts and events were presented in digestible, entertaining nuggets. Even when I disagreed on certain points; I still found myself doing additional research. Did that REALLY happen that way? I remembered it differently...
That's the great thing about history and politics. They are subject to revision as new information is added. Perspectives change as we acquire knowledge. So should policy.

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Catherine
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Someone Is Out to Get Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness by Brian Brown contains summaries of a vast number of historical events that occurred during the decades-long Cold War period. If you are looking for new insights or analysis of this period, or if you are a serious historical scholar, this is probably not the book for you. However, if you are looking for summaries on a little of this and a little of that, you may enjoy this book. The book relies on secondary ...more
Thm
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining, informative and a bit disturbing, too. Turns out the Cold War narrative we were given in school was less than truthful and fueled by political and financial ambitions of many Americans. The Russians were no model citizens either. Brian Brown’s mission of truth-telling makes for an easy and compelling read.
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