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The Cold War

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From 1949 to 1991 the world was overshadowed by the Cold War. Repeatedly it seemed that in days, even hours, global nuclear confli... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

From 1949 to 1991 the world was overshadowed by the Cold War. Repeatedly it seemed that in days, even hours, global nuclear conflict would sweep away much of the United States, the Soviet Union and Europe. They would be obliterated in what President Carter described as 'one long, final and very bleak afternoon'. When the Cold War ended, the Warsaw Pact was wound up and the vast military forces which had flourished for over forty years were disbanded. As with all wars, however, it was only then that the realities of what had been involved began to emerge, indeed, much has remained hidden until now.In The Cold War, David Miller discloses not only the vast scope of the military resources involved, but also how nearly threat came to terrible reality. Most chillingly of all, he reveals that while the menace of nuclear war predominated, it was actually little understood even by the experts. The book examines each military area in turn, covering the formation of the two great alliances, and the strategies and major weapons in the rival navies, armies and air forces. That the Cold War ended without a conflict was due to professionalism on both sides. The result, Miller suggests, would have impressed the Chinese military strategist, Sun Tsu, who, writing in the fifth century BC, said that 'to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill'.

Vorwort
The most comprehensive study yet published of the military aspects of the Cold War

Autorentext
David Miller's entire 36-year military career in the British army was spent, like the careers of countless others, under the threat of the Cold War. This book is the result of first-hand experience at the time and of extensive research since. A freelance journalist and author, he has published previous books, most of them on defence subjects.

Klappentext

'David Miller's military history of the Cold War is awesome in every sense...His conclusions are both terrifying and reassuring: terrifying because things reached a stage of complexity where the experts themselves were sometimes unsure where nuclear strategy was leading; reassuring in the sense that when some of the military on both sides were arguing the case for a pre-emptive strike, someone held them back.' George Walden, Evening Standard

From 1949 to 1991 the world was overshadowed by the Cold War. Repeatedly it seemed that in days, even hours, global nuclear conflict would sweep away much of the United States, the Soviet Union and Europe. They would be obliterated in what President Carter described as 'one long, final and very bleak afternoon'. When the Cold War ended, the Warsaw Pact was wound up and the vast military forces which had flourished for over forty years were disbanded. As with all wars, however, it was only then that the realities of what had been involved began to emerge; indeed, much has remained hidden until now.

In The Cold War, David Miller discloses not only the vast scope of the military resources involved, but also how nearly threat came to terrible reality. Most chillingly of all, he reveals that while the menace of nuclear war predominated, it was actually little understood even by the experts. The book examines each military area in turn, covering the formation of the two great alliances, and the strategies and major weapons in the rival navies, armies and air forces. That the Cold War ended without a conflict was due to professionalism on both sides. The result, Miller suggests, would have impressed the Chinese military strategist, Sun Tsu, who, writing in the fifth century BC, said that 'to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill'.

'Miller analyses both NATO and the Warsaw Pact in depth and from an historical perspective. His accounts of the crises which could have led to an escalation into military action are particularly interesting...He knows his subject.' Oleg Gordievsky, The Times

'Mr. Miller's technical account of the nuts and bolts of cold war makes clear how horrendous nuclear - or conventional - conflict would have been...The strategists' lack of concern for ordinary people's lives is made shockingly plain and simple.' The Economist

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Cold War
Untertitel: A Military History
Autor:
EAN: 9781448137930
ISBN: 978-1-4481-3793-0
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Vintage Digital
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 496
Veröffentlichung: 31.05.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 5.1 MB