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- Print Length: 92 pages
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- Publication Date: July 5, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DSV875I
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Cold War History - Are we friends or enemies? – From the Vietnam War to Détente – Part 2: 1962-1979 (Required History) Kindle Edition
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For instance I heard quite a bit about the First Taiwan Straight Crisis from friends who were in Taiwan at the time. While I was able to glean a "live account" from my friends, I had little understanding of the forces at work that promulgated the crisis. This book laid out the situation very clearly, so much so that the "live accounts" from my friends began to make much more sense. Having read this book--and realizing that history does not have to be difficult to understand--I am going to buy the other books in this series. I have always had an interest in history, but to date had never found books that could clearly explain the more complicated historical periods to me. This book did and I highly recommend it to people who want to understand the geo-political forces that move our world but remain confused. If you want to learn about the Cold War, this book is a great place to start.
The book simplifies the issues and the vast interconnecting network during a time of incredible complexity.
The style is such although there is a high level of content, the narration is done in such a way that the reader can follow and remain interested.
The author clearly highlights the "tipping points" such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the introduction of the "Hotline", and the effects of individual world players such as Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung), Kennedy, Johnston and Nixon.
I was reminded of the adopted Mutually Assured Destruction Policy that certainly warranted the acronym of MAD.
What was interesting to me also, is that I have lived through the period covered in this book and was only lightly aware of the complicated interactions going on between the Super Powers.
Things like the Russian intrusion into Africa and South America, the tensions between the USA and China over Taiwan, and the hard to imagine Russian forces eyeballing Chinese forces on their common borders.
So I have found the book interesting, very informative and an easy way to get to understand the international geo political history of that time.
This book lays out the high level concepts and walks you through the course of events that are critical to understanding what happened and why without a any hint of a political agenda (unfortunately so many different groups keep trying to rewrite history that it's so hard to know what really happened anymore..)
Well written and easy to follow I enjoyed reading this. It was a great refresher plus I learned many things I did not know/understand before. Wonderful resource and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about this period.
It is good to read now another, more open view on the thing that were happening in the past, especially when explained in a clear and easy way.
It's a good read, and I am becoming a fan of history (my teachers would be surprised :).