[Missouri-l] Accessible World presents A World View of history, October 20, 2010
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Come join us on Wednesday the 20th and listen to author and Cold War Guru
John Lewis. Gaddis discuss his book, "The Cold War: A New History." and
share your thoughts about his opinions and your Cold War experiences.
Yale Historian and author of six previous books on the Cold War has written
a concise, critically acclaimed, account of the "Cold War", i.e. the period
between The End of World War Two and the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in
Dampened by the fear of total nuclear annihilation, the Cold War was marked
mostly by what did not happen rather than what actually did happen. For
example, the Cold War's beginning is not marked by a Tuchmanesque "Guns of
August" explosion, but three definitive speeches in 1946-1947 by the three
former WWII allied leaders. In February 1946 Joseph Stalin gave a speech
predicting, according to Marxian Laws of History, another war between greedy
capitalists and the victory of Communism. Winston Churchill's gave his
famous Iron Curtain speech on March 5 1946 warning of the suppression of
free peoples living in central and Eastern Europe. In 1947, Harry Truman's
announced the Truman Doctrine and Marshal Plan to oppose Soviet expansion.
Fortunately, there never was a direct shooting war as opposed to a proxy
conflict with the Soviet Union except for some secret dog fights over Korea.
This absence of direct warfare was probably due to what Gaddis criticizes
Dwight D. Eisenhower for as "the most subtle and brutal strategist of the
nuclear age" because Eisenhower insisted on limiting development of nuclear
weapons to those designed for total war only. His purpose was to make sure
that no nuclear war would take place, " This grew into "Maximum Assured
Response" (MAD) IN THE 70'S which ultimately gave the U.S. a second strike
response capability of THREE thousands Hydrogen Bombs, probably enough to
destroy life on earth.
The author criticizes President Nixon and Kissinger for "détente" which
recognized the status quo permanently consigning persons in Soviet
controlled countries to Communism. He commends Regan, Margaret Thatcher and
Pope Paul for the ultimate demise of the Soviet Empire. Gorbachev receives
less praise but Gaddis says he is one of the most deserving recipients of
the Nobel Peace Prize.
For those of us who lived through all or part of the Cold war, it was a time
of chronic anxiety escalating to downright fright during the Cuban Missile
Crisis. It was a time of "duck and cover drills" home bomb shelters and duck
tape jokes. Fortunately, it ended like it began, not with a bang but a
whimper with the missile defenses of both sides still unused and intact.
The Cold War: A New History
Gaddis, John Lewis. Read by Alexander Strain. Reading time 10 hours 30
Yale historian analyzes the power struggle that occurred between the United
States and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991 and its effect on world
events. Uses archives from Eastern Europe, Russia, and China to describe the
tension of nuclear armament and the leaders behind the weapons. 2005.
Download The Cold War: A New History, DB62511
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2006. Book Number: HN002
The group will meet at the same time the third Wednesday of every month and
will be facilitated by Don Queen, Email: queens at pacbell.net
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM PDT, 7:00 PM MDT, 8:00 PM CDT, 9:00 PM EDT
and elsewhere in the world Thursday 01:00 GMT.
Approximately 20 minutes prior to the event start time; go to A World View
of History at:
Select A World View of History Room at: www.accessibleworld.org
Enter your first and last names on the sign-in screen.
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