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History for busy people. The Cold War: History in an Hour gives a brilliant overview of the unusual and non-violent war between East and West that lasted nearly fifty years.From the end of World War Two to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the world lived within the shadow of the Cold War. Russia and America eyed each other with suspicion and hostility. World War Two was too recent to be forgotten and a nuclear Third World War remained a distinct possibility.

Post-war Europe was being rebuilt and Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt had to find a way to work together for peace.The Cold War: History in an Hour will help you understand the dynamics of the politics of the time and how Europe and the rest of the world rebuilt themselves after World War Two.Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…

©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Consice overview

Good overview of the various parts of the cold war. Narrator could use instruction on pronouncement of some of the names at points i struggled to figure out who he was speaking of and only having previous knowledge saved me.

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A good brief history

If you want an overview of the cold war, the leaders and events that mattered, the countries whose fates were connected; this is where to start. A narrative that covered the period and explains the sequence of events in Europe, formation of West and East Germany and a whole lot more.

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Fine introduction

A fine, short introduction to the Cold War. There are things missing, but a solid one-hour intro.

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USA vs. USSR - The Great Showdown!

I’m really enjoying these short quick reads that give a detailed yet fascinating overview of history in this great series of books “History in an Hour”. This one talks about the Cold War and surprisingly goes into a good amount of details in the short amount of time that it dedicates to the topic.

I learned a lot about The Cold War itself and the era and time that all of the heightened tensions between two world superpowers took place back in the 60’ and 70’s.

I highly recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in history, politics, global strategies that have taken us from there to here.

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  • Ryan
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  • 03-07-13

Nice

Informative & Entertaining !
This lecture series has been great. Always holds my interest, never dull.
Short and sweet.

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Pulls the war into a cohesive whole

Having lived through this war as a child and young adult, this was a good read to draw everything together into a cohesive whole. I can now look back and see the connection between different events during this time period. Because this war was never declared as a "real" war, it is difficult to give a connected play by play interpretation of events, but the author does a good job of giving an understandable overview.

The narrator does an excellent job-he is British and with his dry sense of humor actually had me laugh aloud once or twice over his droll interpretation.

This book would be helpful to anyone wanting some background info before reading a book taking place during this time period or a book going into more detail on any aspect of this war.

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  • 06-18-16

Disgusting amount of bias

Reeks of pro-capitalist bias. Breezes over Nixon and the involvement of Bolivia and worst of all seems to make excuses for USA war crimes in Vietnam. By all means avoid an audiobook with Pro-Soviet bias too. Find one without any bias and learn the facts. But by any means you can, avoid this unless you enjoy your history filtered though red, white and blue. History has no agenda. But this book sure does.

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  • kobayashimaru 85
  • 12-29-16

A headlines story of the cold war

not for someone with a good knowledge of the cold war but great as an intro

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  • Riff
  • 09-09-16

A great potted history

What did you like most about The Cold War: History in an Hour?

The story is presented neatly and concisely, with some reasonable analysis. Well structured chronologically it gives a great overview to a somewhat overlooked period in recent history.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a history there are no "characters" per se nor favourites.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

His delivery is somewhat staccato which works well for this kind of history.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Origins and Consequences

Any additional comments?

Analysis was somewhat lacking - whist insightful when it was made, there could have been much more.

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  • Siobhan Murphy
  • 05-10-15

Excellent book

I love this series and this is one of my favourites. Great narration and excellent overview