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The Cold War

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   22.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/05/2017

The Cold War

A World History

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688213
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688220


From a Bancroft Prize-winning scholar, a new global history of the Cold War and its ongoing impact around the world

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In The Cold War, Odd Arne Westad offers a new perspective on a century when a superpower rivalry and an ideological war transformed every corner of our globe. We traditionally think of the Cold War as a post-World War II diplomatic and military conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. But in this major new work, Westad argues that the conflict must be understood as a global ideological confrontation with roots in the industrial revolution and with continuing implications for the world today. The Cold War may have begun on the perimeters of Europe but it had its largest impacts in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Expanding our understanding of the Cold War both geographically and chronologically, Westad offers the definitive new history of an ongoing battle.


"Julian Elfer narrates this impressive audiobook with a deep pitch and British accent that will be familiar to anyone who lived through the Cold War and remembers the somber documentaries, full of foreboding, that were popular during that era." —AudioFile

"A sweeping study.... In astute, thematic chapters, Bancroft Award-winning historian Westad offers an excellent sense of the ideological conflicts fulminating since the late 19th century that formed the crux of the Cold War.... This is an enormous story, and the author tackles it with admirable clarity and elegance.... A tremendous and timely history lesson for our age."―Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"This significant history is told with verve and spirit... An essential book for all collections and one of the best written so far on the Cold War." ―Library Journal

"[Westad] ably synthesizes contemporary scholarship to produce an accessible narrative that provides a fresh perspective on the conflict's pervasive global influence... an impressive feat that will be appreciated by scholars, students, and general readers." ―Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Odd Arne Westad is the S. T. Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations at Harvard University. The author and editor of eleven books, Westad lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.