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A Brief History of the Cold War Audiobook

A Brief History of the Cold War: Brief Histories

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Publisher's Summary

The Cold War was an undeclared war, fought silently and carefully between ideological opponents armed with the most fearsome weapons mankind has ever seen. Hughes-Wilson takes a cool look at this war, from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR thereafter.

He examines the suspicion and paranoia - on both sides - of the greatest stand-off in history. Written by one of Britain's leading, popular, military historians, this book makes accessible for the first time one of the key periods to shape our world.

©2006 John Hughes-Wilson (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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    J. Armstrong UK, Cambridgeshire 24/09/2014
    J. Armstrong UK, Cambridgeshire 24/09/2014 Member Since 2010

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    "Terrifyingly educational"
    Where does A Brief History of the Cold War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly, all the 'Brief History' books I have heard so far are superbly written and superbly narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    there are no characters, but the areas of the pre WW2 'cold war' was of particular interest as it was new to me that the tensions began even before the end of WW2.


    What does Philip Franks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    All the brief history narrators have been excellent so far. He adds emotion and inflection as well as clear pronunciation.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book scared me to death, it is horrific how close we came and the gambles people were playing.


    Any additional comments?

    Another terrific 'brief history of' book that entertained and educated. Recommended very highly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C Bristol, United Kingdom 04/06/2014
    C Bristol, United Kingdom 04/06/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "It's like the Daily Mail version of the Cold War"

    The author seems to think that his personal political opinions are pertinent to the story, at every opportunity, which is a shame as it is an interesting period in history otherwise.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Luca 30/06/2017
    Luca 30/06/2017
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    "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR-REVIEW"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    IT IS THE BEST NARRATION OF THIS HISTORIC PHENOMENA THAT WAS MADE FOR AN AUDIOBOOK.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Brief History of the Cold War?

    THE FINAL PART, WITH THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION.


    What does Philip Franks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    IT IS LIKE BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF EVENTS.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES.


    Any additional comments?

    A BOOK THAT I WOULD TELL EVERYONE TO BUY IT, A REAL MASTERPIECE FOR THIS HISTORIC EVENT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Piano man 2007 Europe 18/09/2016
    Piano man 2007 Europe 18/09/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Very educating, feels like multiple lectures"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would defintely recommend the book to anyone looking to get knowledge on cold war but especially all conflicts that were linked to it and the american russian powerplay.<br/><br/>I had to put the narrator 0,25 or 0x slower as it was too fast for my like. It felt like it was artifically sped up. So the book took much longer than expected. It is a long read, but chop it up in bits, listen to it in the car... You won't regret it !


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    Mr. Matthew L. Young Reading, UK 09/06/2015
    Mr. Matthew L. Young Reading, UK 09/06/2015
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    "Cold times"

    Really interesting and fantastically read. Some dark things went on back then, if you like a spy film or novel this is a must, the best spy story ever, and it's real life.

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  • Daniel
    16/01/16
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    "An informative listen"

    For a casual learner of history, I found this an easy to follow and easy to understand history of the Cold War.
    My only criticism is that it is not strictly chronological in order, and when presenting certain aspects of the war jumped between multiple decades within minutes, and assumes the reader remembers the names and positions of key people, which if listened over the space of a few weeks is not possible for most listeners.
    I would recommend this to most listeners

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christian Jorgensen
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    12/04/17
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    "A woefully unbalanced and haughty view"
    What did you like best about A Brief History of the Cold War? What did you like least?

    The fact that it is one of the few books that focus on the entire span of the Cold War is definitely it's force.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that it covers the entire Cold War period is the sole claim to fame for this book. The fact that it is one-sided, biased and written in an incredibly condescending and arrogant tone detracts a lot from the merits.


    What does Philip Franks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good work of reading the book.


    Did A Brief History of the Cold War inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to at least try to be neutral when I, myself, try to make a narrative about a conflict. Also it inspired me not to view the world through a lense of haughty arrogance.


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  • Kelly C.
    07/02/17
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    "Good overview of USA v USSR Cold War."

    Very good overview of Cold War between USSR and the USA, and the UK. Only a little on Communist China though, more focused on former Soviet Union, with Eastern Europe v. the US and NATO. Definitely worth the time if you like the subject of the Cold War.

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  • Chillman36
    30/08/16
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    "A bit one sided"

    I got the impression that the author was very pro American and his take reflected that.

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  • Nathaniel
    19/06/15
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    "A plus"

    A very insightful overview of the Cold War that keeps the reader intrigued. Exactly what the title suggests.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Book Guy
    13/02/15
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    "Informative"

    Good factual stuff about the cold war .
    But dwells a bit too much on the
    American perspective, not too much about other NATO members

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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