As present-day political and military hostilities between Russia and the
West threaten to escalate, The Cold War looks back at a global drama
that positioned the world on the brink of nuclear Armageddon.
Published 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of
Communism in Europe that led to the end of the Cold War, it is a
graphic account of a confrontation that encompassed moments of high
tension, such as the Berlin Crisis of 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis of
1962 and the nuclear alerts of 1973 and 1983.
Written by leading defence analyst, Dr Norman Friedman, The Cold
War is a fully illustrated account of this period of crisis, subterfuge and
power. Showing rare documents, such as a 1963 nuclear attack
protection booklet produced for homeowners by the British government,
and an official pack for US troops passing through Checkpoint Charlie,
the reader can witness events as they unfolded. The result is a vivid
account of a historical period that is echoed in today's geopolitical
The Cold War is the perfect companion with which to examine the
events of this tense period of history - events that resonate ever
strongly in this modern era of paranoia and surveillance.
Dr Norman Friedman is an American defence analyst and former Deputy Director of National Security Studies of the Hudson Institute, from 1973-1984. Dr. Friedman has published 29 books, including a history of the Cold War, The Fifty-Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War, which won the 2001 Westminster Prize for the best English-language military book of 2000, awarded by the Royal United Services Institute.