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Excellent overview.

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Reviewed: 12-07-2019

25 hours is a short time to cover 50 years of history across the globe in as complex and nuanced a struggle as the cold war, but it is accomplished well here. Westad covers the conflict region by region in each era of the conflict, and if events are truncated for space reasons this allows the listener to grasp the main ebbs and flows of events, ideas and personalities. I feel the book could have benefited from some elaboration on how close nuclear war came both during the Cuban Missile crisis, where an accidental USA U2 overflight of the Soviet Union during maximum tensions could have provoked war but isn't mentioned here, as was the Soviet sub that almost launched nuclear torpedoes on the same day, and during several near-misses and errors subsequently. An excellent overview of the era overall, highly recommend.

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Classic myths charmingly retold

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Reviewed: 20-11-2017

Warm retelling of myths, conveniently arranged with comments on their influence on the English language.

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Grand Trends of History Explained

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Reviewed: 04-02-2017

This multidisciplinary triumph explains the critical impact of geography on the course of human history