The Cold War

  • Filename: the-cold-war.
  • ISBN: 9780307483072
  • Release Date: 2009-01-21
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Publisher: Random House



Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering dispute between two of the greatest military powers in history. Hundreds of millions of people held their collective breath as the United States and the Soviet Union, two national ideological entities, waged proxy wars to determine spheres of influence–and millions of others perished in places like Korea, Vietnam, and Angola, where this cold war flared hot. Such a consideration of the Cold War–as a military event with sociopolitical and economic overtones–is the crux of this stellar collection of twenty-six essays compiled and edited by Robert Cowley, the longtime editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Befitting such a complex and far-ranging period, the volume’s contributing writers cover myriad angles. John Prados, in “The War Scare of 1983,” shows just how close we were to escalating a war of words into a nuclear holocaust. Victor Davis Hanson offers “The Right Man,” his pungent reassessment of the bellicose air-power zealot Curtis LeMay as a man whose words were judged more critically than his actions. The secret war also gets its due in George Feiffer’s “The Berlin Tunnel,” which details the charismatic C.I.A. operative “Big Bill” Harvey’s effort to tunnel under East Berlin and tap Soviet phone lines–and the Soviets’ equally audacious reaction to the plan; while “The Truth About Overflights,” by R. Cargill Hall, sheds light on some of the Cold War’s best-kept secrets. The often overlooked human cost of fighting the Cold War finds a clear voice in “MIA” by Marilyn Elkins, the widow of a Navy airman, who details the struggle to learn the truth about her husband, Lt. Frank C. Elkins, whose A-4 Skyhawk disappeared over Vietnam in 1966. In addition there are profiles of the war’s “front lines”–Dien Bien Phu, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs–as well as of prominent military and civil leaders from both sides, including Harry S. Truman, Nikita Khrushchev, Dean Acheson, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Richard M. Nixon, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, and others. Encompassing so many perspectives and events, The Cold War succeeds at an impossible task: illuminating and explaining the history of an undeclared shadow war that threatened the very existence of humankind. From the Hardcover edition.

The Cold War

  • Filename: the-cold-war.
  • ISBN: 030435290X
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Lawrence Freedman
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson



A look at limited war and great power relations during the Cold War - part of the Cassell History of Warfare series.

The Cold War

  • Filename: the-cold-war.
  • ISBN: 9781448137930
  • Release Date: 2012-05-31
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: David Miller
  • Publisher: Random House



From 1949 to 1991 the world was overshadowed by the Cold War. Repeatedly it seemed that in days, even hours, global nuclear conflict would sweep away much of the United States, the Soviet Union and Europe. They would be obliterated in what President Carter described as 'one long, final and very bleak afternoon'. When the Cold War ended, the Warsaw Pact was wound up and the vast military forces which had flourished for over forty years were disbanded. As with all wars, however, it was only then that the realities of what had been involved began to emerge; indeed, much has remained hidden until now.In The Cold War, David Miller discloses not only the vast scope of the military resources involved, but also how nearly threat came to terrible reality. Most chillingly of all, he reveals that while the menace of nuclear war predominated, it was actually little understood even by the experts. The book examines each military area in turn, covering the formation of the two great alliances, and the strategies and major weapons in the rival navies, armies and air forces. That the Cold War ended without a conflict was due to professionalism on both sides. The result, Miller suggests, would have impressed the Chinese military strategist, Sun Tsu, who, writing in the fifth century BC, said that 'to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill'.

Encyclopedia of the Cold War

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-the-cold-war.
  • ISBN: 1851097015
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 1969
  • Author: Spencer Tucker
  • Publisher: Abc-clio



From the Second World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union, this work provides information on various military conflicts, battlefield and surveillance technologies, diplomatic initiatives, important individuals and organizations, national histories, economic developments, and societal and cultural events.

The Military History of the Soviet Union

  • Filename: the-military-history-of-the-soviet-union.
  • ISBN: 9781137120298
  • Release Date: 2016-04-30
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: F. Kagan
  • Publisher: Springer



The Military History of the Soviet Union and The Military History of Tsarist Russia treat Russian military history from the rise of the Muscovite state to the present, even peeking briefly into the future. The two volumes will cover Russia's land forces extensively, but will also cover the development of the Russian Navy, and the creation and development of the Russian Air Force, parts of the Russian military machine which are frequently neglected in general writings. The historical analysis will address the development and function of the Russian military whether in peace or in war, as well as the impact of war and changes in the military upon Russian society and politics.

A History of Military Thought

  • Filename: a-history-of-military-thought.
  • ISBN: 0199247625
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 890
  • Author: Azar Gat
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



From the ideas of Clausewitz to contemporary doctrines of containment and cold war, this is a definitive history of modern military thought. A one-volume collection of Azar Gat's classic trilogy, it explores conceptions of war, strategy, and military theory and relates them to their cultural and historical contexts.

America s War for the Greater Middle East

  • Filename: america-s-war-for-the-greater-middle-east.
  • ISBN: 9780553393941
  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Publisher: Random House



LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • A searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades from retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict—a War for the Greater Middle East—that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like “permanent war” and “open-ended war” have become part of everyday discourse. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America’s costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does. A twenty-year army veteran who served in Vietnam, Andrew J. Bacevich brings the full weight of his expertise to this vitally important subject. America’s War for the Greater Middle East is a bracing after-action report from the front lines of history. It will fundamentally change the way we view America’s engagement in the world’s most volatile region. Praise for America’s War for the Greater Middle East “Bacevich is thought-provoking, profane and fearless. . . . [His] call for Americans to rethink their nation’s militarized approach to the Middle East is incisive, urgent and essential.”—The New York Times Book Review “Bacevich’s magnum opus . . . a deft and rhythmic polemic aimed at America’s failures in the Middle East from the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency to the present.”—Robert D. Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal “A critical review of American policy and military involvement . . . Those familiar with Bacevich’s work will recognize the clarity of expression, the devastating directness and the coruscating wit that characterize the writing of one of the most articulate and incisive living critics of American foreign policy.”—The Washington Post “[A] monumental new work.”—The Huffington Post “An unparalleled historical tour de force certain to affect the formation of future U.S. foreign policy.”—Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) From the Hardcover edition.

The Cold War

  • Filename: the-cold-war.
  • ISBN: 0712664777
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 476
  • Author: David Miller
  • Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random



From 1949 to 1991 the world was overshaowed by the Cold War and the constant threat of global nuclear conflict. Only when it ended did the realities of what had been involved begin to emerge. Indeed, much has remained hidden until now.

Defending Lincolnshire

  • Filename: defending-lincolnshire.
  • ISBN: 0752453998
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Mike Osborne
  • Publisher: History Press (SC)



In the 2000 years between standing on the northern edge of the Roman Empire and representing the West's response to the threat of nuclear war, historic Lincolnshire has been at the forefront of civil strife and in the front line of two world wars. Much of this military heritage is still visible in the landscape: Roman forts; medieval castles, fortified manors and moats; Victorian barracks and drill halls; military airfields; anti-invasion defenses; radar sites, bunkers and nuclear-attack monitoring posts. This boo describes the various elements of Lincolnshire's rich military heritage, and places them in their historical and social contexts. From the strong houses of John of Gaunt's mistress, or Henry VI's Lord Treasurer, to the pseudo-fortresses of the Victorian Army; from the camps of Kitchener's New Army and the landing-grounds of the anti-Zeppelin fighter aircraft in one world war, to the pillboxes of the 1940 anti-invasion defences and the airfields of the RAF, from which were launched countless sorties both on land and sea against a Continental enemy, in another.

The Cold War U S Army

  • Filename: the-cold-war-u-s-army.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105131794054
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 366
  • Author: Ingo Trauschweizer
  • Publisher:



Focuses on the Seventh Army in West Germany--the largest and best-prepared field army ever deployed by the U.S. in peacetime--to show how the U.S. army redefined its identity, structure, and mission in order to avoid obsolescence during the Cold War era of nuclear weapons and air power.

A Military History of the Cold War 1944 1962

  • Filename: a-military-history-of-the-cold-war-1944-1962.
  • ISBN: 9780806188041
  • Release Date: 2012-11-20
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Author: Jonathan M. House
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press



The Cold War did not culminate in World War III as so many in the 1950s and 1960s feared, yet it spawned a host of military engagements that affected millions of lives. This book is the first comprehensive, multinational overview of military affairs during the early Cold War, beginning with conflicts during World War II in Warsaw, Athens, and Saigon and ending with the Cuban Missile Crisis. A major theme of this account is the relationship between government policy and military preparedness and strategy. Author Jonathan M. House tells of generals engaging in policy confrontations with their governments’ political leaders—among them Anthony Eden, Nikita Khrushchev, and John F. Kennedy—many of whom made military decisions that hamstrung their own political goals. In the pressure-cooker atmosphere of atomic preparedness, politicians as well as soldiers seemed instinctively to prefer military solutions to political problems. And national security policies had military implications that took on a life of their own. The invasion of South Korea convinced European policy makers that effective deterrence and containment required building up and maintaining credible forces. Desire to strengthen the North Atlantic alliance militarily accelerated the rearmament of West Germany and the drive for its sovereignty. In addition to examining the major confrontations, nuclear and conventional, between Washington, Moscow, and Beijing—including the crises over Berlin and Formosa—House traces often overlooked military operations against the insurgencies of the era, such as French efforts in Indochina and Algeria and British struggles in Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, and Aden. Now, more than fifty years after the events House describes, understanding the origins and trajectory of the Cold War is as important as ever. By the late 1950s, the United States had sent forces to Vietnam and the Middle East, setting the stage for future conflicts in both regions. House’s account of the complex relationship between diplomacy and military action directly relates to the insurgencies, counterinsurgencies, and confrontations that now occupy our attention across the globe.

Rethinking Military History

  • Filename: rethinking-military-history.
  • ISBN: 9781134477012
  • Release Date: 2014-12-10
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Jeremy Black
  • Publisher: Routledge



Rethinking Military History is a bold new 'thought book' that reconsiders military history at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The chapters provide a valuable and concise survey of the main themes in the study of military history from 1500 to the present day as Jeremy Black reveals the main trends in the practice and approach to military history and proposes a new manifesto for the subject to move forward. This must-read study demonstrates the limitations of current approaches, including common generalizations, omissions, and over-simplications. Engaging theoretical discussions, with reference to specific conflicts, suggest how these limitations can be remedied and adapted, whilst incorporating contributions from other disciplines. Rethinking Military History is essential reading for all those with an interest in military history, and all who wish to take part in moving the discipline forward.

U S Military History For Dummies

  • Filename: u-s-military-history-for-dummies.
  • ISBN: 0470643234
  • Release Date: 2010-01-28
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: John C. McManus
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Want to know more about American military history? U.S. Military History For Dummies presents concise and revealing accounts of all of the nation's armed conflicts from the French and Indian War to Iraq. It explains how the U.S. military is organized and how its branches operate, both independently and together. This straightforward guide examines the causes for each of America's wars and reveals how these conflicts have shaped the nation's borders, society, politics, culture, and future. You'll meet heroes, cowards, patriots, and traitors; relive great battles; and get a taste of what combat is really like, as you discover: How the French/Indian war sowed the seeds of the Revolutionary War Why America's battle for independence didn't end at Yorktown Early U.S. wars against Indians, tax cheats, and pirates The War of 1812: guaranteeing U.S. sovereignty "Manifest Destiny" wars that stretched America from sea to shining sea Why the American Civil War could not be avoided The Spanish American War and the U.S. as an emerging global power Why World War I failed to "make the world safe for democracy" How World War II changed America's role in the world Korea and Vietnam: hot wars during the Cold War Featuring important insights on technological, political, and social changes that transformed the way America fights its wars U.S. Military History For Dummies is your key to understanding the evolution of the most powerful military force in history.

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

  • Filename: the-oxford-handbook-of-the-cold-war.
  • ISBN: 9780199236961
  • Release Date: 2013-01-31
  • Number of pages: 660
  • Author: Richard H. Immerman
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Thirty four essays by a team of leading scholars offering a broad reassessment of the cold war, calling into question orthodox ways of ordering the chronology of the period and presenting new insights into the global dimension of the conflict.

For the common defense

  • Filename: for-the-common-defense.
  • ISBN: UCSC:32106011965750
  • Release Date: 1994-07-01
  • Number of pages: 701
  • Author: Allan Reed Millett
  • Publisher: Free Pr



Traces the competing strategies and goals, and struggles for manpower and material that have shaped American military institutions

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