DescriptionThis concise historical narrative by a prize-winning Cold War historian covers the entire Cold War period from the Yalta conference of 1945 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The book analyzes the Cold War as the primary event and framework that dominated American thought and action for half a century.
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.
"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 University
"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 Ohio
"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
- 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.