Magazine article History Today

The Postwar World

Magazine article History Today

The Postwar World

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Peter Kornbluh's investigates the reasons behind America's collaboration with the Chilean dictator in The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability (The New New Press, 18.95 [pounds sterling]).

A CD of unedited recordings of presidential meetings at the Oval Office accompanies John Prados' White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President (The New Press, including CD 34.95 [pounds sterling]).

The Palgrave Concise Historical Arias of the Cold War (45 [pounds sterling]; 14.99 [pounds sterling]) by John Swift gives students a good overview of the geography and socio-political dimensions of the Cold War.

Robert Dallek's huge biography, John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life (Allen Lane, 25 [pounds sterling]) offers a full portrait of the strengths and weaknesses of the US president. Meanwhile, the publication of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Life in Pictures (Phaidon, 24.95 [pounds sterling]) marks the 40th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

Alice L. George looks at the public's response to the threat of nuclear war in Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis (UNC Press, $29.95).

Leycester Coltman peels back the Cold War rhetoric and portrays the Cuban revolutionary in his true colours in The Real Fidel Castro (Yale University Press, 25 [pounds sterling]).

Jonathan Schell examines the ramifications of 20th century weapons of mass destruction and the collapse of the ABM treaty on the next millennium in The Unfinished Twentieth Century (Verso, 8 [pounds sterling]). …

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