Growing up during The Cold War: A Personal Perspective from the Forties to Today relates in narrative form the tumultuous, exciting and sometimes frightening era referred to as the Cold War Era. Civil Rights, Women’s Lib, Anti-War Drafts and changes in the educational system all characterized the times. Told from the point of view of some of those who lived in the central part of the United States, far from the conflict and even decently distant from the unrest in urban centers, it is an effort to portray both the uncertainty and the wonder as exploration of space both within and without was mood of the times. Such a work cannot replace the experience of living through those times. And, no doubt, since any writer must pick and choose between events that occur in such times, there are things that have been left out of this account. However, it can serve as a springboard for those who wish to explore this recent history and it places a variety of sources into a coherent timeline of events and changes. It is not limited to conflict, but also embraces advances spurred on by the rivalry between the United States and Soviet Russia. Landmark changes occurred in the United States legal system, as well.
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The book is easy to read, more like a mystery novel than a history book - specific events and anecdotes are well interspersed with author's commentary. Events might not be in strict chronological order but I doubt this book is meant to be an academic text. At the same time, I could easily follow the broad order of events and phases of the Cold War. So obviously, not the most exhaustive book on Cold War yet something everyone should read to understand the outline, actors and lessons of the Cold War.
A true and real life story of a cold war, the book is really interesting for me since I have able to know about this topic. It made me interested to know more about what happened during the cold war. The narration of the book is good too as well as how it was written. Such a good read and full of learning.
One of the best books I have read in a long time. What great insight into the Cold War era and everything going on around it. Written by someone who was there. I consider this a must read for anyone that was there, knows someone that was or is interested in the time. Very informative and interesting. It held my interest throughout. It's a moving tribute, story and the author makes history come to life. Well done. Loved it!
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