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The Cold War

A World History
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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As Germany and then Japan surrendered in 1945, there was a tremendous hope that a new and much better world could be created from the moral and physical ruins of the conflict. Instead, the combination of the huge power of the USA and USSR and the near-total collapse of most of their rivals created a unique, grim new environment: the Cold War.

For over 40 years the demands of the Cold War shaped the life of almost all of us. There was no part of the world where East and West did not ultimately demand a blind and absolute allegiance and nowhere into which the West and East did not reach. Countries as remote from each other as Korea, Angola and Cuba were defined by their allegiances. Almost all civil wars became proxy conflicts for the superpowers. Europe was seemingly split in two indefinitely.

Arne Westad's remarkable new book is the first to have the distance from these events and the ambition to create a convincing, powerful narrative of the Cold War. The book is genuinely global in its reach and captures the dramas and agonies of a period always overshadowed by the horror of nuclear war and which, for millions of people, was not 'cold' at all: a time of relentless violence, squandered opportunities and moral failure.

This is a book of extraordinary scope and daring. It is conventional to see the first half of the 20th century as a nightmare and the second half as a reprieve. Westad shows that for much of the world, the second half was by most measures even worse.

©2017 Odd Arne Westad (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-2018

One of the best books I've ever read

What an excellent book. I know my political history quite well and even I learned plenty here. about as comprehensive a general overview gets while staying clear of sweeping generalisations or geting bogged down in needless detail. Also the book is read by my favourite narrator so that goes in its favour too. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2018

Full picture

Gives an encompassing overview. Gives details to support claims. Not free of personal interpretation and views, which make it interesting to listen to and engaged.

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  • fadster
  • 14-02-2019

Fantastic read for all the Cold War history buffs.

Kept listening at every possible minute. Really insightful, well paced and well narrated.
Only thing I thought could have been avoided was narrators change of accent when quoting Americans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2019

Really good history.

A wide ranging and in-depth account of a fascinating chapter of history told in a balanced and objective manner enhanced by excellent narration.

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  • Philip
  • 04-02-2019

A masterful tour de force

Westad makes accessible and understandable a tangled and often complex period in modern history. The reasons why the Cold War began, endured for so long yet ultimately disappeared almost overnight are well laid out in this authoritative work. And Keeble's narration is, as always, totally engaging. Five stars!

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  • starforth
  • 04-02-2019

Excellent

Thorough in detail, yet wide in breadth. I found this an interesting listen which doesn’t just focus on the Cold War as bipolar conflict.

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  • Benjamin Auffarth
  • 29-01-2019

complete history of the cold war

very worthwhile structure and analysis of the world during the cold war

The narrator is very experienced, but could benefit from practice of some of the non-English words. It detracts from listening to hear Russian, French, German and Italian words mangled and mispronounced.

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  • G. Williams
  • 07-01-2019

Fascinating

I am about half way through and the book just becomes more and more fascinating. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the interpretation but it is thought provoking and illuminating. I guess the one thing which really makes me give 5 stars is the fact that the book seems to be quite even handed and not written from a purely USA perspective. When I get to the end I will review this review.

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  • Robert
  • 04-01-2019

Great book. Reasonably balanced.

Excellent book. A few parts dry, but mostly very enjoyable and covers nearly every corner of the world.

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  • Geoffrey brookes
  • 28-12-2018

world history

detailed account of life during the cold war not easy to recognise if you lived during it