A number of books ably cover the entirety of the Cold War. Particularly recommended are David S. Painter, The Cold War: An International History (London, 1999); Martin Walker, The Cold War: A History (London, 1993); S. J. Ball, The Cold War: An International History, 1947–1991 (London, 1998); Richard J. Crockatt, The Fifty Years War: The United States and the Soviet Union in World Politics, 1941–1991 (London, 1995); Walter LaFeber, America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945–2000, 9th edn. (New York, 2002); Ronald E. Powaski, The Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917–1991 (New York, 1998); Geoffrey Roberts, The Soviet Union in World Politics: Coexistence, Revolution and Cold War, 1945–1991 (London, 1999); Thomas J. McCormick, America's Half-Century: United States Foreign Policy in the Cold War (Baltimore, 1989); Warren I. Cohen, America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945–1991 (New York, 1993); and H. W. Brands, The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War (New York, 1993).
Important works that utilize new archival sources to reinterpret the first half of the Cold War include Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Pleshakov, Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev (Cambridge, Mass., 1996) and John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (Oxford, 1997). A useful collection is Odd Arne Westad (ed.), Reviewing the Cold War: Approaches, Interpretations, Theory (London, 2000).
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Publication information: Book title: The Cold War:A Very Short Introduction. Contributors: Robert McMahon - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 169.
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