The Cold War Era
February 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Harry S. Truman and the Creation of a Postwar Order.
2. The Cold War Breaks Loose, 1949-54.
3. The Eisenhower Fifties: Consolidation and Confrontation.
4. The 1960s: The Triumph and Tragedy of American Liberalism.
5. America at Bay: The Enigmatic 1970s.
6. Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War Era.
- Concise introductory overview of the entire Cold War Era by a prize-winning Cold War historian.
- Explores the relationship between a conservative political structure and a radicalized popular culture.
- Examines the impact of Cold War diplomacy on everyday American life.
"Fraser Harbutt covers an immense amount of ground in relatively
few pages. This is an excellent overview of the Cold War era,
providing a balance between the history of the period and the
historiographical debates. Harbutt's account is judicious and
fair-minded, though he certainly has a point of view and is not
afraid to express it." Richard Polenberg, Cornell
"Fraser Harbutt's latest book is important and distinctive
because it treats the Cold War era as more than diplomatic history.
It reveals a mastery of the historical literature, and is a fine
read that provides an evenhanded survey of a complex and critical
period in American history." Alonzo L. Hamby, University of
"This in an interesting account and its incorporation of fine summariesof the views of many historians and social thinkers adds to its appeal" Victor Rosenburg, Cleveland, Ohio