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Cold War History - To the brink of nuclear destruction - From World War 2 to the Cuban Missile Crisis - Part 1: 1945-1962 (Required History) [Kindle Edition]

George Levrier-Jones
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Cold War History - To the brink of nuclear destruction – From World War 2 to the Cuban Missile Crisis – Part 1: 1945-1962 (Required History)

Do you know why the world came to the brink of nuclear war?

Two words – ‘Cold War’.

The Cold War was international affairs for the second half of the 20th Century. Nuclear weapons testing, civil wars in all corners of the globe and the race for economic dominance were all key spheres of the Cold War, although they were just a few elements of a very complex global puzzle. More so than the great battles between Carthage and Rome in Ancient times or the Napoleonic Wars, the Cold War defined our world. But, there was one key difference between the Cold War and earlier major wars. Due to advances in technology and communications, the Cold War touched most countries on earth.

This introduction to the early years of the Cold War is the debut book from George Levrier-Jones. He tells the story of the great clash between the Communist Soviet Union and the capitalist USA. George’s fast-paced, concise writing style will allow you to quickly learn about the key events of the Cold War, and to find out how the world came to the cusp of nuclear annihilation.

The topics in the book include:

• The origins of the Cold War and why the USSR and USA emerged from World War 2 as super-powers
• How the Soviet Union and the USA quickly went from war-time allies to enemies
• The key changes in post-war Europe
• The Berlin blockade and the building of the Berlin Wall
• Events in East Asia - the Chinese Civil War and why the Korean War became integral to the Cold War
• Nuclear weapons development
• Uprisings and revolutions in Eastern Europe in the 1950s, including the Hungarian revolution
• The most dangerous event of the early Cold War years, the Cuban Missile Crisis

The approximately 80-page book is the perfect complement to the Cold War History audio series that is available as part of the ‘History in 28-minutes’ podcasts.

So come and join the past – buy the book now!

Required History

The aim of the 'Required History' book series is to create approachable, succinct written introductions to some of the most interesting topics in history. They are designed for those:

• That want to quickly learn about some of the world’s major historical events
• Studying history. The books act as a perfect complement and overview to those undertaking high school and introductory college courses in history
• Who enjoyed the audio podcasts and want to reinforce and further their knowledge
• Learning English. The language and level of detail in the books are perfect for those in advanced English classes

All of the Required History books are designed to build on the audio podcasts available on the publisher’s website. They provide an extra layer of detail to the major historical events that the audio podcasts cover.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most informative book January 22, 2013
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This is not written by a professional historian and so lacks that polish that years of writing academic papers often brings. However, where it matters, in the area of information, this book succeeds on all counts. It is extremely informative and has clearly been written by someone who loves his subject. Well worth reading if you are interested in this period of history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fast and simple cold war narration January 27, 2013
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read it very fast. i enjoyed the big letters.
also the narration was very interesting. a fast page turner book. simple language.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible introduction to the Cold War January 22, 2013
By fek47
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A great analysis of a fascinating historical epoch from George Levrier-Jones, combining insightful analysis with a highly readable style.

This e-book is an excellent companion to the author's series of podcasts on the same subject available from "Its History Podcasts".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A succinct introduction to Cold War politics January 21, 2013
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I've been listening to the podcasts for awhile from this author [...] and have enjoyed the bite sized introductions to key events in world history. I thought I'd try the book, and I have been really pleased with what I've read so far (3/4 way through, good commute reading!) The book makes an ideal companion to some of the podcasts on the website (episodes 1-4), as it reinforces the info that you've heard already. I studied history at A level and haven't revisited the subject in a recreational sense until I found the podcasts online, as I was looking for a refresher on a couple of topics (I confess, mostly to save embarrassment at not knowing the nuances of how Germany came to be divided at dinner parties). The author takes you through key events in a writing style that is very digestible and accessible. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was attracted to this book! January 18, 2013
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"The origins of the Cold War and why the USSR and USA emerged from World War 2 as super-powers" - This line as I was skimming through the book's description attracted me. Why was it only them who emerged as super powers? Why not others? And the next line surprised me...were they allies before? Then turned to enemies? And why did we come to the verge of nuclear war? Oops! Too many questions and curious look in my eyes...that's when I got this book.

I read, and read, and read the book as fast as I can, like a dragon hungry of information. It was all exciting. I usually skim history books to get a gist, but I read this carefully line by line due the style author has adopted.

And author mentioned this is one of the parts of the series, now I got to wait for the next! I am excited! I think I am in a position to even answer quiz on this section of history, I am that complete with this book.

Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold war April 1, 2014
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This is an excellent book! Whether it's high school or university level political science, or if you just share an interest in history, this book breaks down the cold war in understandable terms. This is worth buying and should be part of everyone's library
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent concise and informative March 19, 2014
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This book explains, in perspective and chronology, the Cold War issues of my childhood. I was aware of most of the events discussed but had no idea how they were linked to one another. Thank you. A great succinct lesson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good refresher January 21, 2014
By Jeb
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I thought this was a decent review of the Cold War. The writing was a bit simplistic at times and there were grammatical errors here and there, but overall, worth the time. Thanks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is one of the best reviews of the cold war I've read! It was clear of unneeded adjectives and personal opinions.
I truly enjoyed the book!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Summary
Very readable and coherent. While high-level and painted with broad strokes, I found this interesting and helpful. I enjoyed the companion piece as well.
Published 17 months ago by KCrimson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid read
I've never dug too much into the early aspects of the Cold War, but the author does a good job of laying out the events in a manner that a layman can follow. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jetpack
4.0 out of 5 stars Succinct
Easy read. Well thought out. Interesting. I lived through many of the events mentioned, but most as a child. It gave me more insight into the broader picture.
Published 23 months ago by s.behanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A really good book, great information, but not to wordy. It's also easy to understand and talks about each subject up until the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Published 24 months ago by Gamer 224
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and quick read
Had no idea how all these events connected but this book was great. Great overview of all the events. A must read.
Published on May 9, 2013 by Jess Cashin
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Than I Expected
Apparently this has been directed toward a younger audience. The author addresses the more critical issues occurring during the period but I would have preferred more of an in... Read more
Published on March 29, 2013 by R. Grabowsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Cold war history review
A good read. I wanted to learn more about the Cold War. The book is informative, however, my rating reflects my disappointment after reading the disclaimer. Read more
Published on March 28, 2013 by Susan Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational
I found this book very educational and interesting about the synthesis of the cold war history, it is very concise.
Published on March 28, 2013 by Raul Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I chose this rating because of the way the book read. The information was very interesting and explained very well. Read more
Published on March 23, 2013 by Thomas Hamlett
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More About the Author

I'm George, a historian from London in the UK. I have been been fascinated by history for as long as I can remember and have read history books on topics far and wide, including Lord Cochrane's role in the Latin American Independence movements, Jacques Louis-David's place in the French Revolution, and the Axumite Kingdom. I was also a keen economic historian during my university days.

More recently, I have spent many of my waking hours reading and researching in order to write and develop podcasts and books. I do this alongside the experienced team at to ensure that all outputs are of a high-quality.

When not developing history podcasts or drafting books, I help organizations to improve themselves. In my spare time, I like to travel the world, finding out about the history and culture of those lesser-visited regions. I also enjoy art galleries, Peruvian cuisine, good wine, and reading great works of fiction.

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