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A Brief History of the Cold War

The Cold War (1945-1991) was a crucial conflict in American history. At stake was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism led by the Soviet Union, or inspired by the principles of economic and political freedom embodied—in the United States. The Cold War established America as the leader of the free world and a global superpower. It shaped the U.S. military strategy, economic policy, and domestic policies for nearly 50 years.

In this monograph, distinguished scholars Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount pivotal events of this protracted struggle and explain the strategies that eventually led to victory for freedom. They analyze the development and implementation of containment, détente, and finally President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The Cold War teaches important lessons about statecraft and America's indispensable role in the world.

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  • Author: Lee Edwards & Elizabeth Edwards Spalding
  • Foreword By: Kim R. Holmes
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Paperback Book
  • Pages: 124
  • First Principles Series