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Children's LiteratureNearly the entire 20th century was consumed with the tense relations between the Soviet Union and the United States, and yet, most children have no comprehension of the danger that both countries faced. Despite the fact that the Soviet Union and the United States were allies during World War Two, the two countries' differing ideologies put them on a collusion course that could not be avoided. The build-up of nuclear weapons as well as the expansion of the Communist regimes into neighboring countries, both in Europe and Asia, created a dangerous situation for the entire world. Gottfried has presented a complete look at the Cold War, beginning immediately after the conclusion of World War Two and focusing on the leaders of the Soviet Union and the Communist parties in Eastern Europe right up to the climatic collapse of the Soviet Empire. Each leader of the USSR is profiled briefly and the major interactions with the United States are discussed in some detail. Period photos, as well as original artwork, appear throughout along with relevant quotes from the period. Also included are a chronology, chapter notes, a glossary, an index, and additional sources to consult. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 10 to 15.
— Danielle Williams