• A Brief History of the Cold War

  • Brief Histories
  • By: John Hughes-Wilso
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-02-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (104 ratings)

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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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Armstrong on 24-09-14

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Luca on 30-06-17

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.

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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 16-01-16

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eyal on 23-03-18

One of the best

A great book
I have enjoyed every chapter
If it’s in your interest, this is the book for you.

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