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The Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 Paperback – September 25, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0195078510 ISBN-10: 0195078519

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195078519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195078510
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do we need another book on the Cold War? It depends on who you are: If you have been following the voluminous literature over the past couple of decades, then Powaski's book has little new to offer. If, on the other hand, you know next to nothing about the topic and would like a concise summary, then you are in luck, because Powaski (The Entangling Alliance: The United States and European Security, 1950-1993, Greenwood, 1994) has ably gathered the general historiographical issues of this long-drawn-out struggle and packaged them in an easily digestible format. In the enormous library of writings on this subject, Powaski's book is best for slender collections; large libraries already have enough surveys.?Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"An excellent basic survey of the Cold EWar era around which additional readings can be arranged to suit any teacher's preferences."--H. Peter Krosby, State University of New York at Albany

"The organization by American presidential administrations creates a very clear and readable account of Soviet-American relations over the entire thirty-year history of the USSR."--James A. Brown, Tougaloo College

"A well balanced study. May be used for required or supplemental reading."--Emmett A. Shea, Westchester State College

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book went all the way back to pre-revolutionary times and started from there. Very very detailed view of what REALLY happened. Why, Who, and Other critical points of the relations between the Soviet Union and the U.S. in the Global Arena.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book as part of my history graduate studies. While Powaski has a notable orthodox lean to the Cold War spin, towards the end, he notes "post-revisionistly" that both Russia and U.S. have to take blame. Not an easy read and with little if any original research (no Russian primary sources), but quite informative as a narrative of Cold War history...would have liked more information on the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5, which sort of started all the ill feelings in the first place.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Desmond on May 16, 2008
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On a positive note, Powaski correctly (I think) dates the start of the Cold War from the Russian Revolution, not 1945, and implies that the US/USSR clash was inevitable from a geopolitical standpoint. However, considering that the book was published in 1999, four years after the Venona trasncripts were declassified, the author lamely succumbs to the politically correct view that the "Red Scare" in the US of the 1950s clouded American decision-making. We now know that McCarthy, for all his bluntness, erred on the low side in talking about Soviet/communist penetration of the Roosevelt/Truman administrations. For example, he cites the removal of two State Department officers for daring to question American support for Chiang Kai Shek and suggesting a more "realistic" China policy. He fails to mention that US China policy was directed during the 1940s by a cabal of (now) proven KGB agents, at least one of whom later defected to Communist China, and that the Truman administration, to protect itself politically, sheltered them and then conducted the only witch-hunt of the 1950s, that directed against McCarthy and anyone who provided him with information. It's past time that historians stopped concealing evidence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
this book, while not involved with alot of individual detail, is a great summary of important events throughout the cold war. i personally use it all of the time for quick referencing. i recommend it to anyone interested in the cold war.
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By Pepper on January 22, 2014
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If you are entrigued by the cold ward then you must read this book. I could hardly put it down when I received it in the mail. Lots of good discussion with friends who are studying this war in college.
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