The dean of Cold War historians (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but whyfrom the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.
Outstanding ... The most accessible distillation of that conflict yet written. (The Boston Globe)
Energetically written and lucid, it makes an ideal introduction to the subject. (The New York Times)
A fresh and admirably concise history . . . Gaddiss mastery of the material, his fluent style and eye for the telling anecdote make his new work a pleasure. (The Economist)