The Cold War was an undeclared war, fought silently and carefully between ideological opponents armed with the most fearsome weapons mankind has ever seen. Hughes-Wilson takes a cool look at this war, from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR thereafter.
He examines the suspicion and paranoia -- on both sides -- of the greatest stand-off in history. Written by one of Britain's leading, popular, military historians, this book makes accessible for the first time one of the key periods to shape our world.
©2006 John Hughes-Wilson (P)2014 Audible Ltd
I really liked this book - it had plenty of info and covered an extensive period of history between the USA and USSR. Phillip Franks was great to listen to and his different accents/voices made it very enjoyable. There were a few moments where I wished for more detailing but these weren't essential to the story so it's a minor gripe - overall, if you're interested then I highly recommend this title.
"An informative listen"
For a casual learner of history, I found this an easy to follow and easy to understand history of the Cold War.
My only criticism is that it is not strictly chronological in order, and when presenting certain aspects of the war jumped between multiple decades within minutes, and assumes the reader remembers the names and positions of key people, which if listened over the space of a few weeks is not possible for most listeners.
I would recommend this to most listeners
"Good overview of USA v USSR Cold War."
Very good overview of Cold War between USSR and the USA, and the UK. Only a little on Communist China though, more focused on former Soviet Union, with Eastern Europe v. the US and NATO. Definitely worth the time if you like the subject of the Cold War.
"A bit one sided"
I got the impression that the author was very pro American and his take reflected that.
A very insightful overview of the Cold War that keeps the reader intrigued. Exactly what the title suggests.
Good factual stuff about the cold war .
But dwells a bit too much on the
American perspective, not too much about other NATO members
Very highly, all the 'Brief History' books I have heard so far are superbly written and superbly narrated.
there are no characters, but the areas of the pre WW2 'cold war' was of particular interest as it was new to me that the tensions began even before the end of WW2.
All the brief history narrators have been excellent so far. He adds emotion and inflection as well as clear pronunciation.
The book scared me to death, it is horrific how close we came and the gambles people were playing.
Another terrific 'brief history of' book that entertained and educated. Recommended very highly.
"It's like the Daily Mail version of the Cold War"
The author seems to think that his personal political opinions are pertinent to the story, at every opportunity, which is a shame as it is an interesting period in history otherwise.
"Very educating, feels like multiple lectures"
Would defintely recommend the book to anyone looking to get knowledge on cold war but especially all conflicts that were linked to it and the american russian powerplay.
I had to put the narrator 0,25 or 0x slower as it was too fast for my like. It felt like it was artifically sped up. So the book took much longer than expected. It is a long read, but chop it up in bits, listen to it in the car... You won't regret it !
Really interesting and fantastically read. Some dark things went on back then, if you like a spy film or novel this is a must, the best spy story ever, and it's real life.
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