The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind (Hardback)
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The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind (Hardback)

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Hardback 592 Pages
Published: 11/11/2021
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Revisiting the tension and power games of the Cold War through the psychology of the key figures involved - from Kennedy to Khrushchev - Sixsmith's enthralling volume finds fascinating new things to say about a period we all think we know well.

A major new history of the Cold War: exploring the conflict through the minds of the people who lived it. More than any other conflict, the Cold War was fought on the battlefield of the human mind. And, nearly thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, its legacy still endures - not only in our politics, but in our own thoughts, and fears.

Drawing on a vast array of untapped archives and unseen sources, Martin Sixsmith vividly recreates the tensions and paranoia of the Cold War, framing it for the first time from a psychological perspective. Revisiting towering personalities like Khrushchev, Kennedy and Nixon, as well as the lives of the unknown millions who were caught up in the conflict, this is a gripping account of fear itself - and in today's uncertain times, it is more resonant than ever.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781259122
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 238 x 154 x 52 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Essential ... endlessly fascinating ... to read Sixsmith is to want to read more Sixsmith - Forbes

An ambitious study of the cold war ... filled with fascinating insights into the psychology of one of the most dangerous periods in world history ... illuminating - PD Smith, Guardian

There have been many histories of the cold war, but the virtue and originality of Mr Sixsmith's is to see almost every aspect of the stand-off in psychological terms - Economist

Written with exemplary clarity and full of succulent anecdotes ... Sixsmith's huge canvas encompasses the Space Race, the motivations of the Cambridge spies, and the details of Project MK Ultra - The Daily Telegraph

Peppered with anecdotes, archival nuggets and flashes of insight ... stands out from other Cold War narratives by [its] sheer range of cultural references and detail ... it was time for a vivid, popular history of the Cold War, and this is it - The Times

This fascinating study of Cold War psychology also has much to teach us about contemporary tensions - Vin Arthey, Scotsman

Praise for Martin Sixsmith: 'Sixsmith has the knack of delivering complex material with a clear voice - The Times

A lively chronicle - Orlando Figes, Sunday Times

Russia, a 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East contains many of the required ingredients to become the leading popular history of Russia. Colloquial, personal and anecdotal in style ... well researched and factually sound. - TLS

Russia delivers a thoroughly satisfying history...a lively opinionated narrative. - Publishers Weekly

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