The loss of billions of lives was necessary for the world to realize that there are no winners in war, only losers. In 1945, World War 2 came to an end with irreparable destruction. While the world was still recovering from the trauma of the war, another conflict broke out in Europe. During this war, political leaders defended their power and ideologies, while civilians fought for their lives. Some blame the rise of communism in the USSR, while others blame capitalism in the Western world. Regardless of the reasons, the war resulted in a significant loss of human lives.
In the 21st century, superpowers are not engaged in direct conflict with each other, but they are all involved in proxy wars behind the scenes. They have political and military allies and are waging wars against potential enemies. To understand the current political landscape, it is essential to understand the politics of the Cold War era. The list below includes some excellent history books about the Cold War. Choose your favorite one and enjoy reading.
1.”We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History” by John Lewis Gaddis
“We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History” by John Lewis illuminates the root causes of the Cold War. It traces the rise of the Cold War back to World War 2 and provides details about the events of the Cold War. All the information and facts provided are based on contemporary research studies and historical accounts. It is recommended for readers at all levels who are interested in the history of the Cold War.
2.”The Cold War: A World History” by Odd Arne Westad
“The Cold War: A World History” by Odd Arne Westad offers a critical overview of the origin of the Cold War. Instead of focusing on clashes of power, Westad locates its roots in the industrial revolution and the rise of capitalism. The book discusses the conflict of economic ideologies between communism and capitalism and its implications in the form of the Cold War. Highly factual and convincing, “The Cold War” by Westad is an essential read for understanding the history of the Cold War.
3.”The United States and the End of the Cold War: Implications, Reconsiderations, Provocations” by John Lewis Gaddis
“The United States and the End of the Cold War: Implications, Reconsiderations, Provocations” by John Lewis Gaddis is a provocative read about the aftereffects of the Cold War. Starting with a brief overview of the Cold War, the book delves into the after-events of the Cold War, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of the Romanian revolution. The analysis provided is in essay form, making it simple and easy to understand. It is a must-read for understanding the implications of wars.
4.”The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991″ by Robert Service
“The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991” by Robert Service provides an extensive analysis of the last five years of the Cold War. It not only discusses the end of the Cold War but also highlights the leading causes of the Cold War. Primarily, the book focuses on the politics of the Soviet Union in contrast with Western politics. If you want to understand the role of Soviet and Western leaders in starting and ending the Cold War, then there is no better option than Robert’s “The End of the Cold War.”
5.”Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War” by Giles Whittell
“Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War” by Giles Whittell narrates the story of three prisoners exchanged between the US and the USSR. With detailed research and a touch of humor, Whittell provides a vivid picture of the exchange along the Iron Curtain between the superpowers. Packed with facts, “Bridge of Spies” is an interesting book recommended for those interested in the history of the Cold War.
6.”1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink” by Taylor Downing
“1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink” by Taylor Downing details the underlying plans and strategies of both the USSR and the West for defending their countries during the Cold War’s most disastrous year. Taylor Downing, with the help of research studies, delves deep into the role of spies, double agents, and both failed and successful plans and strategies behind the nuclear war. Grab it if you want to study the sudden change of the Cold War into a nuclear war.
7.”Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War” by John Lewis Gaddis
This book offers a critical analysis of American military Cold War strategies. Mainly discussing containment strategies, Lewis Gaddis draws upon Eisenhower Dulles, Kennedy Johnson, and George F. Kennan’s containment strategies during the war. Besides, it can assist readers in understanding the significant role of military leaders in the Cold War era.
8.”Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945″ by Tony Judt
“Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945” by Tony Judt provides an impressive history of Europe after World War 2. With the end of World War 2, the era of the Cold War began, which is still present in one way or another. Tony Judt, with the help of history books