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The Fifty-Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War

The Fifty-Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War

by Norman Friedman


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"To read a comprehensive history of the technical, military and political aspects of the Cold War, based on documents from the two super-powers, written by a scholar who is free of bias, is something I never thought I would be able to do. But in The Fifty-Year War I can. . . . For the men and women who are going to lead the world in the first generation of the Twenty-First Century, this account of how the Cold War was fought and won is indispensable. For those of us who lived through it. . . . Friedman's account is enthralling. Having spent much of my life reading about, studying, worrying about, participating in the Cold War, I thought there was nothing new for me to learn about it. Boy was I wrong. Read The Fifty-Year War and see why." -- Stephen Ambrose

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591142874
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 597
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 1 Year

About the Author

Norman Friedman is a prominent naval analyst and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defense issues. He is a longtime columnist for Proceedings magazine and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Part 1Setting the Stage1
1War and Communism3
2Stalin's Soviet Union16
3The West in 194525
4The Nuclear Revolution in Warfare33
Part 2Outbreak41
5Initial Probes43
6Open War57
7The Marshall Plan and NATO70
8Tito and Mao91
9Rising Nationalism102
10Stalin's Military Buildup115
11Countering Stalin's Hordes123
Part 3Crises in a Nuclear World133
12Living with Stalin's Bomb: NSC 68135
13The "Super"144
14Crisis in the East149
15Defending Europe171
16Crisis: Indochina180
17Enter Khrushchev186
18The "New Look"193
19Khrushchev's "New Look"211
20Disaster via the Middle East217
Part 4Stalemate229
21The Missile Race231
22Crisis Time241
23Kennedy and "Wars of National Liberation"252
24Crises in Europe and Cuba271
25The McNamara Broom283
26De Gaulle vs. NATO295
Part 5The West on the Defensive299
27The Brezhnev Coup301
31Peace without Victory354
32Brezhnev's Buildups373
33Detente and Discontent382
34The West at Bay394
Part 6Counterattack and Victory443
36The Computer Bomb445
37Counterattack: The West Rearms452
38Unexpected Victory467

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