The Cold War History Blog does not claim to meet all of your Cold War needs. Each blog topic can encompass a full book, and many constitute an entire field of study. If one of our blog posts piques your curiosity, we encourage you to read some of the books that cover these topics in further detail.
A concise travelogue of the world emerging from the Second World War, it serves as an indispensable primer for Cold War study.
A look at the devastation on the ground in Europe after World War Two.
A collection of stories about the making of the Atom Bomb and its implications for the future, including letters and journal entries from the eyewitnesses to history.
The most comprehensive biography of President Harry S. Truman to date.
Steven Kotkin's definitive biography on Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin. We anxiously await Volume III.
A comprehensive account of the French-Indochina War, including a brief history of the French Colony and America's changing attitude toward Vietnam's fight for independence.
One of the few books published in English on the Greek Civil War, it is possibly the only one that adequately covers the policies and politics to give an accurate "big picture" account of the devastating conflict.
A unique profile of the out-sized significance of the Olympic games during the Cold War years.
A quick rundown of Atomic Diplomacy and Nuclear Policy.
A terrifying tour through the changing U.S. nuclear policy, punctuated by accidents and near-misses in the world of nuclear weapons.
by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin.
Top secret files smuggled out of the Soviet Union by Vasili Mitrokhin and published in 1999.
By Benn Steil, 2018, Oxford University Press, UK
The definitive volume on the Marshall Plan. A detailed account of the major players involved in crafting the most comprehensive foreign aid project in American history.
by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, 2018, W.W. Norton and Company, New York, NY
A detailed account of Marshall's frustrating and ultimately fruitless mission to broker peace between the nationalists and communists in postwar China.
by Kevin Peraino, 2017, Crown Publishing, New York, NY
Chronicling the fall of Nationalist China to the Communists, this comprehensive volume details the deterioration of U.S. China relations during and after the Chinese Civil War.