By Lee Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards Spalding
The chilly struggle used to be a vital clash in American heritage. At stake was once no matter if the realm will be ruled by means of the forces of totalitarianism led by means of the Soviet Union, or encouraged by means of the rules of monetary and political freedom embodied within the usa. The chilly struggle verified the US because the chief of the unfastened global and a world superpower. It formed U.S. army procedure, fiscal coverage, and household politics for almost 50 years.
In A short heritage of the chilly War, distinctive students Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal occasions of this protracted fight and clarify the techniques that finally ended in victory for freedom. They research the improvement and implementation of containment, détente, and at last President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The chilly conflict teaches vital classes approximately statecraft and America's critical function within the world.
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