The Cold War Is Over

William Hyland, Author
William Hyland, Author Crown Publishers $18.95 (222p) ISBN 978-0-8129-1871-7
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
By the editor of Foreign Affairs , this succinct, highly readable survey analyzes the origins of the Cold War and the still unresolved issues. Among the major events discussed are the Berlin blockade, the building of the Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nixon's overtures to China, detente, the SALT agreements and the wars in Asia. According to Hyland, the Cold War during the Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev regimes was a ``straight power play'' that had little to do with ideology, economic models or winning hearts and minds, and not until Gorbachev did the U.S.S.R. acknowledge that the war was unwinnable by either East or West. The book describes how Gorbachev and Reagan opened negotiations for peace terms which are ongoing even as the revolution in Eastern Europe shapes the post-Cold War world. Hyland concludes that the U.S. and its supporters have prevailed because the post-WW II coalition of wartime allies and former enemies proved too strong against Soviet expansionism and because of inherent flaws in the Soviet system. (June)
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