Cold War Hot: Alternate Decisions of the Cold War

Cold War Hot: Alternate Decisions of the Cold War

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by Peter G. Tsouras
     
 

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Leading specialists on the Cold War examine how close we came to WWIII and how that horrifying scenario would have looked.

The ambitions and fears of the two Cold War superpowers were played out in a series of proxy wars across the globe—in Korea, Vietnam, Egypt, Syria, and Afghanistan. In their bizarre way, these were carefully controlled wars,

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Leading specialists on the Cold War examine how close we came to WWIII and how that horrifying scenario would have looked.

The ambitions and fears of the two Cold War superpowers were played out in a series of proxy wars across the globe—in Korea, Vietnam, Egypt, Syria, and Afghanistan. In their bizarre way, these were carefully controlled wars, carefully controlled in the sense that neither great power allowed itself to become directly engaged in a hot war with the other. Equally, neither allowed itself to go for broke for fear of provoking a final, devastating confrontation. But this fear of direct confrontation was never as rigidly controlled as one would think. Again and again, events veered toward a clash between Eagle and Bear.

The authors of Cold War Hot detail such terrifying possibilities as Korea or the 1967 War dragging in both superpowers; they predict the consequences of the United States or the Soviet Union attempting radical strategies in Vietnam or in a divided Germany; they imagine the invasion of Cuba when the delicate signals failed to find a way out of the Missile Crisis and bring to life a scenario in which the Soviet Union knocks the Great Game off the board by using Afghanistan as base to bring down Pakistan and achieve its warm water port on the Indian Ocean.

Cold War Hot vividly brings to life these and many other alternate scenarios, taking the reader behind the scenes of these pivotal moments in history. In showing what could have happened, the authors show how precarious the Cold War peace actually was and how little it would have taken to tip the balance into World War Three.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781634505215
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,099,621
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Peter G. Tsouras is a historian who retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was a senior intelligence officer. He also served with the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor, in Germany. Tsouras is the author or editor of twenty-two books on military operations and alternate history. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read on the many possible scenarios of "what if" during the Cold War. There is no absurd speculation as with many "alternate history" books, but possibilities based on the politics and military of the time when each story is set. Many of them would have made the world much worse, and a few would have been nice to happen.