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Mar 09

A Brief History of the Cold War

featuring authors
Lee Edwards & Elizabeth Edwards Spalding

The euphoria that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union lasted only a moment, dashed by the horror of 9/11. But the rise of a new global enemy, driven like the old one, by a hatred of Western freedom and democracy makes the lessons of the Cold War as relevant as ever.

The half-century struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, a struggle that determined whether hundreds of millions would live in freedom or slavery, is one of the most dramatic and consequential epochs in history. Yet to the generation that has grown up since the Cold War’s astonishingly peaceful conclusion, this titanic geopolitical conflict can seem as remote as the Punic Wars.

In this account, Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding explain the essential events, persons, and ideas that shaped the Cold War, from Harry Truman’s strategy of containment to Richard Nixon’s détente to Ronald Reagan’s simple yet powerful philosophy of "we win, they lose."

When an American student can write, as one did recently to his local newspaper, that communism "is certainly not an ideology to be feared," even though it still oppresses more than a billion human beings from China to Cuba, the urgency of teaching this history to a new generation could not be clearer. A nation that prizes its freedom must never forget the wisdom and courage with which the Cold War was waged and won.

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David Azerrad, Ph.D. David Azerrad, Ph.D.

Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow Read More