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Cold War: For Forty-five Years the World Held its Breath

Jeremy Isaacs, Taylor Downing

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Prose: non-fiction, History

*A comprehensive and accessible account of a crucial period in recent world history

*Originally published as a tie-in to the critically acclaimed CNN and BBC series

Cold War is the story of the half-century since the end of the Second World War - the story of our lives. Its framework is the confrontation, military and ideological, between two great powers that dominated the world during these years. It is a story of crises and conflict on a global scale: from the Berlin Blockade and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the tanks in the streets of Warsaw, Budapest and Prague, to spies, student riots and encounters in space.
In Cold War, Jeremy Isaacs and Taylor Downing record epic history through the detail of individual human experience: the recollections not only of statesmen whose decisions led to these momentous events, but also of the ordinary men and women whose lives were bound up in these years of conflict. Cold War is the first comprehensive history for the general reader to benefit from the recent opening of Soviet, East European and Chinese archives as well as formerly classified American documents. In a driving narrative that it both gripping and informative, the true story of the Cold War can at last be told.

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  • An excellent one-volume history of forty-five years of superpower rivalry - GUARDIAN

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Jeremy Isaacs

Jeremy Isaacs was executive producer of Cold War, a 24-part series broadcast on BBC2. Taylor Downing was educated at Cambridge and went on to become Managing Director and Head of History at Flashback Television.

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