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As a Yale professor John Lewis Gaddis reminds himself each semester he teaches his class on the Cold War that most of his students know little if anything on the Cold War Some of the names he mentions such as Stalin Truman Reagan and Gorbachev could be anyone to these students He regularly assigns them one of his books one in particular is almost 300 pages just to get up to the year of 1962 His students ask him Cant you cover more years in fewer words Gaddis took this as a challenge and that is how he came up with this book The Cold War A New HistoryTrying to make an easier book to read and to understand the facts Gaddis set out to target people that the Cold War was not a current event to As I read this book he portrays that he wrote this book not to locate roots within the Cold War of such post-Cold War phenomena as globalization ethnic cleansing religious extremism terrorism or the information revolution He writes this book hoping it will show a new way to look at the Cold War It was dangerous and costly war but was necessary to settle fundamental issues for goodAs a history professor Gaddis is pretty straightforward on how he feels history of the Cold War should be portrayed as he quotes Any attempt to reduce its history exclusively to the role of great forces great powers or great leaders would fail to do it justice Any effort to capture it within a simple chronological narrative could only produce mushGaddis goes on to mention about a forty-three-year-old Englishman named Eric Blair who rented a house on the Northern tip of the Scottish island Jura Blair lived on a remote part of the island that was inaccessible by automobile had no telephone or electricity and the nearest shop was twenty-five miles away He dealt with depression from
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