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World History Series - The Cold War 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9-Following a chronological arrangement, this book is strongest in its coverage of the origins and development of the Cold War. Providing background information about the Russian Revolution, American opposition to the Red Army, Stalinism, and the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, Bjornlund sets the stage for growing Soviet-American misunderstanding and mistrust. She excels at showing how apparently well meaning or even defensive measures, such as the Marshall Plan or the USSR's desire for a "buffer zone," were misinterpreted by the opposing sides. The text stresses the alternating freezes and thaws in East-West relations, as the world experienced escalation, detente, re-escalation, and finally glasnost and the fall of the Soviet Union. Developments on the home front, such as the Red Scare, McCarthyism, and the House Un-American Activities Committee, and major international events, such as the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam War, are included. Often critical of American policies, particularly those of Truman and Carter, the author does a good job of showing the interpretation of events from the Communists' perspective. The book is readable, logically presented, and easy to follow. The black-and-white photos are serviceable, but the maps lack detail. David Pietrusza's The End of the Cold War (Lucent, 1995; o.p.) has more detail on the breakup of the Eastern block, but less on the origins of the Cold War. Earle Rice's The Cold War (Lucent, 2000) is similar in content, but less detailed than Bjornlund's book. For slightly older readers, Michael Kort's The Cold War (Millbrook, 1994) is more comprehensive.
Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Fledgling historians should find this title a good, well-documented read."
-- School Library Journal (September 2001) (School Library Journal 20010901)

"Kids looking for background into contemporary Middle East conflicts will do welll to start here."
-- Booklist (May 2003) (Booklist 20030501)

"There is a good deal of information packed into the brief text and both report writers and the general readers will be well served."
-- School Library Journal (September 2002) (School Library Journal 20020901)

"Well designed for research and reports, this account includes primary and secondary source quotations, all fully footnoted. Most of these quotes are in separate boxes with source information included so readers do not need to flip back and forth. This informative, approachable text will be useful in most collections."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020801)

"Captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions complement the text. This is an excellent title."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)

"The writing is clear and easy for beginners on the subject. Useful for reports."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)

"Vivid descriptions, quotes from the participants, and newspaper accounts written by war correspondents bring readers to the battlefront in this well-documented title."
-- School Library Journal (January 2002) (School Library Journal 20020101)

"These titles offer a great deal of useful and readable information. The information is presented clearly and is suitable for reports and for leisure reading."
-- School Library Journal (January 2002) (School Library Journal 20020101)

"The strengths of the book include its parenthetical definitions, maps, footnotes, substantial extracts from primary sources, the annotated bibliography, and a time line."
-- School Library Journal (March 2001) (School Library Journal 20010301)

"This series addition lives up to the high standards achieved by its predecessors. The book is enriched by numerous, well-chosen quotations from primary and secondary sources, and by a wealth of interesting black-and-white photos and reproductions. A fine source for beginning research."
-- School Library Journal (March 2001) (School Library Journal 20010301)

Product details

  • Grade level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Library Binding : 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1590180038
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1590180037
  • Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : Lucent Books; 1st edition (March 28, 2002)
  • Language: : English
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