The Cold War

Overview

In warfare, the battles grab most of the attention. But there is also a secret history to every war. In this series we look at this hidden world of spies, double agents, assassins, and saboteurs, and learn how their actions affected the course of the world's most devastating conflicts.

This book explores the secrets of the Cold War. The superpowers never fought openly on a battlefield. Instead, they attacked ...

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Overview

In warfare, the battles grab most of the attention. But there is also a secret history to every war. In this series we look at this hidden world of spies, double agents, assassins, and saboteurs, and learn how their actions affected the course of the world's most devastating conflicts.

This book explores the secrets of the Cold War. The superpowers never fought openly on a battlefield. Instead, they attacked one another by underhand means-spying, propaganda, secret operations, and guerrilla wars.

Read this book and learn about:

the MAD world of Mutually Assured Destruction

the CIA spy chief who believed the British prime minister was a Soviet agent

the Bulgarian dissident who was assassinated by a poison-tipped umbrella

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 10 up.

Between the end of World War II and the toppling of the Berlin Wall, the world was held hostage by the clash of conflicting ideologies that has come to be called the Cold War. In those decades communist nations held on to the belief that their political perspectives would eventually supersede those of the primarily western nations that functioned in republican/democratic systems. Conversely, the western democracies feared a monolithic effort on the part of their communist foes. This confrontation, so ably depicted in this selection from the "Timelines" series, led to localized warfare, continuous espionage, delimitations of civil liberties, and near nuclear disaster. In The Cold War Reg Grant traces the history of this confrontational era in a way that youngsters will both understand and appreciate. Of particular interest are the patterns of behavior that Grant traces not only in the communist nations but in the democracies as well. While the Soviets chose to crack down on liberties in nations such as Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the United States endured the McCarthy era. When the Americans lost credibility after waging war in Vietnam, the Soviets failed to heed that lesson and plunged into a disastrous war in Afghanistan. In revealing the facts and underlying components of key events in the Cold War, Reg Grant goes a long way to providing his audience with ample food for thought. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848376960
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Secret History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

From Allies to Enemies 6

The Big Secret 8

The Missile Race 10

Survival in a "Mad" World 12

Cuba and the Missile Crisis 14

Preparing for the Third World War 16

Agents and Spy Catchers 18

The Atom Spies 20

The British Moles 22

Berlin: Divided City 24

Tools of the Trade 26

Secret Missions 28

Enemies within 30

Backyard Problems 32

Guerrillas and Revolutionaries 34

Hidden War in Vietnam 36

US-Backed Rebels 38

Propaganda and Prestige 40

The End of the Cold War 42

Timeline 44

Glossary 44

Further Information 45

Index 46

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