The Real History of the Cold War: A New Look at the Past

The Real History of the Cold War: A New Look at the Past

by Alan Axelrod
     
 
The newest entry in Alan Axelrod’s engaging, successful Real History series—and the only current illustrated book on a misunderstood and mysterious topic.

From the fall of Nazi Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, a cold war raged between the US and the Soviet Union. Though not a shot was fired, the hostility between the two superpowers threatened

Overview

The newest entry in Alan Axelrod’s engaging, successful Real History series—and the only current illustrated book on a misunderstood and mysterious topic.

From the fall of Nazi Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, a cold war raged between the US and the Soviet Union. Though not a shot was fired, the hostility between the two superpowers threatened the globe with nuclear annihilation. Axelrod reveals the intriguing, suspenseful true story behind this globe-spanning battle of wills, and as always, he’s created a study that’s authoritative, comprehensive, and a pleasure to read. Judiciously, incisively, he probes the pivotal events of the era: the Marshall Plan; the iron curtain; the Berlin airlift; the Cuban missile crisis; the rise and fall of Joesph McCarthy; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; the arms race. Rarely seen illustrations, detail-packed sidebars, maps, stats, quotes, alternate takes, and “reality checks” to popular myths make this a work general readers will turn to and enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Axelrod (Profiles in Audacity) has written dozens of books on all kinds of historical subjects, from Elizabeth I to George Patton, and it's not clear how he finds the time. Although readers may be a bit nervous about any book that proclaims itself to be a "real history," this latest Axelrod outing is nevertheless pretty good. Tracing the history of the Cold War, beginning with its inception after World War II, Axelrod treats the reader to a sprightly narrative replete with numerous sidebars, photographs, and maps. Sprinkled throughout are brief biographical vignettes of the major (and some minor) actors in this multidecade contest. A tidy chronology and bare-bones bibliography help guide the uninitiated to understand the basic issues surrounding what must be considered one of the major historical challenges of the 20th century. VERDICT Axelrod ably charts a reliable and nicely marked path through the many twists and turns of the Cold War story, and for most readers other than advanced students and specialists his guidance will be welcome.—Ed Goedeken, Univ. of Iowa Lib., Ames

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402763021
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Real History Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod is the author of more than 60 books, including the best-sellers Profiles in Audacity (Sterling, 2007); Patton on Leadership (Prentice Hall Press, 2001); Elizabeth I, CEO (Prentice Hall, 2000); and What Every American Should Know About American History: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation (with Charles Phillips). He has appeared on MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, CNN, Fox, and numerous radio news and talk programs, including NPR. Axelrod and his work have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and many newspapers, including USA Today.

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