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Title: Cold War: An Illustrated History, 1945-1989
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Book Condition: Very Good
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This illustrated narrative history, spanning the rise of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Berlin Wall, is the companion the major 24-episode documentary airing on CNN, and around the world, beginning in the fall of 1998. 600 illustrations, 100 in color. 7 maps.Review:
Beautifully designed and illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this companion volume to the CNN documentary series begins with the roots of the cold war: the military intervention by six nations (including the United States) in the Bolshevik's 1917 Russian Revolution. The book then takes on the cold war proper, from the post-WWII rise of the Iron Curtain to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet government in the early '90s. "For forty-five years," the authors write, "the peoples of the world held their breath," through missile crises, policies of "mutual assured destruction," the Vietnam War, and the uneasy steps toward détente and full peace highlighted by Richard Nixon's meetings with Brezhnev and by Mikhail Gorbachev's meetings with Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Special sections highlight the role of spies in the cold war, as well as the films and literature of the era. This is a copiously detailed account of the major historical force of the latter half of the 20th century that would make an excellent reference book for any household.
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