* Vivid, picturesque lecture notes for any high school or college class on the Cold War.
* Written in a dramatic style. (See below.)
* Split into eight chapters. Because there is so much material, use what you like and have students read the rest.
1. Lenin and Stalin, 1917-1922
2. Waiting for Hitler, 1918-1932
3. The Wave of the Future, 1929-1939
4. “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil,” 1939-1945
5. The Iron Curtain, 1945-1949
6. Life in the States: The Postwar Boom
7. American Civil Rights
8. Life in the U.S.S.R., 1940s
1917: World revolution. In the midst of the bloodiest war the world has ever known, an American ally is overthrown. Russia goes communist—but the shockwaves don’t stop at the Russian border. Over the next 74 years, they play out across the world in a clash of civilizations that threatened the human race with annihilation.
The war ends but by 1920, the free countries fear the worst. Russian Communists preached world domination.
But unexpectedly, these natural adversaries soon find themselves in a second war that threatens to end their civilizations. Their opponent? Adolf Hitler and his Nazis. Warily circling each other, the adversaries are now shaky friends.
But can any alliance borne of desperation survive?