The Cold War History Reading List

Main Cold War History Study Group Reading List

  1. The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis
  2. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt 
    (This book provides a different perspective from Gaddis)
  3. The Cold War’s Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace by Paul Thomas Chamberlin
  4. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
  5. The Cold War: A World History by Odd Arne Westad
  6. Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World by Jeremy Friedman
  7. Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside by Alexander Avina
  8. A Cold War Turning Point: Nixon and China, 1969-1972 by Chris Tudda
  9. All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
  10. Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam 1945 – 2010 by James S. Olson and Randy W. Roberts
  11. Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 by Patryk Babiracki
  12. When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution by Elizabeth Becker
  13. Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower’s Campaign for Peace by Alex von Tunzelmann
  14. A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev by Vladislav M. Zubok
  15. Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War by Tanya Harmer
  16. Mao’s China and the Cold War by Jian Chen

Other books we can consider reading are: