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A list of key readings about Cold War.
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The Cold War is well documented by political scientists and historians. Following are selected major scholarly books and articles in English, and some major memoirs.

Overviews

  • Bacevich, Andrew J., ed. The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Ball, S. J. The Cold War: An International History, 1947–1991 (1998), British perspective; short summary; online edition
  • Boyle Peter G. American-Soviet Relations: From the Russian Revolution to the Fall of Communism. 1993.
  • Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the Twentieth Century (1989)
  • Crockatt Richard. The Fifty Years War: The United States and the Soviet Union in World Politics, 1941-1991. 1995. excerpt and text search
  • Friedman, Norman. The Fifty Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War. (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Gaddis, John Lewis, The Cold War. A New History, 2005. excerpt and text search
  • Gaddis, John Lewis. Russia, the Soviet Union and the United States. An Interpretative History 2nd ed. (1990)
  • Gaddis, John Lewis. Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War (1987) online edition
  • Kegley Jr., Charles W. ed., The Long Postwar Peace. 1991
  • Kort, Michael. The Columbia Guide to the Cold War (1998) excerpt and text search
  • LaFeber, Walter. America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945–1992 9th ed. (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Leffler, Melvyn P. For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Lundestad, Geir. East, West, North, South: Major Developments in International Politics since 1945 (1999). excerpt and text search
  • Paterson, Thomas G. On Every Front: The Making and Unmaking of the Cold War. 1992. online edition; excerpt and text search
  • Powaski, Ronald E. The Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917–1991 (1998) online edition
  • Sivachev, Nikolai and Nikolai Yakolev, Russia and the United States (1979), by Soviet historians
  • Westad, Odd Arne The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of our Times (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Zubok, Vladislav M. A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007)
  • Zubok, Vladislav M. Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War (1996) 20% excerpt and online search

National perspectives

Soviet

  • Edmonds, Robin. Soviet Foreign Policy: The Brezhnev Years (1983)
  • Goncharov, Sergei, John Lewis and Litai Xue, Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao and the Korean War (1993) excerpt and text search
  • Gorlizki, Yoram, and Oleg Khlevniuk. Cold Peace: Stalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945-1953 (2004) online edition
  • Mastny, Vojtech. Russia's Road to the Cold War: Diplomacy, Warfare, and the Politics of Communism, 1941–1945 (1979)
  • Mastny, Vojtech. The Cold War and Soviet Insecurity: The Stalin Years (1998) excerpt and text search; online complete edition
  • Nation, R. Craig. Black Earth, Red Star: A History of Soviet Security Policy, 1917-1991 (1992)
  • Sivachev, Nikolai and Nikolai Yakolev, Russia and the United States (1979), by Soviet historians
  • Taubman, William. Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (2004), Pulitzer Prize; excerpt and text search
  • Ulam, Adam B. Expansion and Coexistence: Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917–1973, 2nd ed. (1974)
  • Zubok, Vladislav M. Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War (1996) 20% excerpt and online search
  • Zubok, Vladislav M. A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007)


American

  • Gaddis, John Lewis. Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy (1982) online edition; also excerpt and text search
  • Hogan, Michael J. America in the World: The Historiography of US Foreign Relations since 1941 (1996), scholarly articles reprinted from the journal Diplomatic History excerpt and text search
  • Leffler, Melvyn P. For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (2007)
  • Lewis, Adrian R. The American Culture of War: The History of U.S. Military Force from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Paterson, Thomas G. Meeting the Communist Threat: Truman to Reagan (1988)

British

  • Anderson Terry H. The United States, Great Britain, and the Cold War, 1944-1947. (1981)
  • Bullock, Alan. Ernest Bevin: Foreign Secretary, 1945-1951. 1983, on British policy
  • Clarke, Bob. Four Minute Warning: Britain's Cold War (2005)
  • Deighton Anne. "The 'Frozen Front': The Labour Government, the Division of Germany and the Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1947," International Affairs 65, 1987: 449-465.
  • Young, John W. Winston Churchill's Last Campaign: Britain and the Cold War, 1951-5 Clarendon Press, 1996 online edition

China

  • Goncharov, Sergei, John Lewis and Litai Xue, Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao and the Korean War (1993) excerpt and text search
  • Jian, Chen. Mao's China and the Cold War (2001)
  • Jian, Chen. China's Road to the Korean War: Making of the Sino-American Confrontation (2004)
  • Roberts, Priscilla. Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the Cold War (2006)
  • Ross, Robert S. Negotiating Cooperation: The United States and China, 1969-1989, Stanford University Press, 1995 online edition
  • Zhai, Qiang. China and the Vietnam Wars, 1950-1975 (2000) excerpt and text search

Europe

  • Allen, Debra J. The Oder-Neisse Line: The United States, Poland, and Germany in the Cold War (2003) 309 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Borhi, László. Hungary in the Cold War, 1945-1956 (2004) 352 pages
  • Clemens, Clay. Reluctant Realists: The Christian Democrats and West German Ostpolitik, Duke University Press, 1989 online edition
  • Crace, Sylvia E. and John O. Crane. Czechoslovakia: Anvil of the Cold War, 1991
  • Judt, Tony. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Naimark, Norman, and Leonid Gibianskii. Establishment of Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe, 1944-1949 (1998) excerpt and text search
  • Ninkovich, Frank. Germany and the United States: The Transformation of the German Question since 1945 (1988)
  • Sarrotte, M.E. Dealing with the Devil: East Germany, Detente & Ostpolitik, 1969-73 The University of North Carolina Press, (2001) online edition
  • Turner, Henry Ashby. Germany from Partition to Reunification (1992) excerpt and text search

Origins: to 1950

  • Anderson Terry H. The United States, Great Britain, and the Cold War, 1944-1947. (1981)
  • Beisner, Robert L. Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Bullock, Alan. Ernest Bevin: Foreign Secretary, 1945-1951. 1983, on British policy
  • Chen, Jian, China's Road to the Korean War: Making of the Sino-American Confrontation (2004)
  • Clemens, Diane Shaver. Yalta. 1970.
  • Cumings, Bruce The Origins of the Korean War (2 vols., 1981–90), friendly to North Korea and hostile to US
  • Gaddis, John Lewis. The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941–1947 (1972) online edition online at ACLS e-books
  • Goncharov, Sergei, John Lewis and Xue Litai , Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao and the Korean War (1993)
  • Isaacson Walter, and Even Thomas. The Wise Men. Six Friends and the World They Made. Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy. 1986.
  • Leffler, Melvyn. A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration and the Cold War (1992). online at ACLS e-books
  • Levering, Ralph, Vladamir Pechatnov, Verena Botzenhart-Viehe, and C. Earl Edmondson. Debating the Origins of the Cold War (2001)
  • Yonosuke Nagai and Akira Iriye, eds., The Origins of the Cold War in Asia. 1977
  • Trachtenberg, Marc. A Constructed Peace: The Making of the European Settlement, 1945–1963 (1999)
  • Whitcomb, Roger S. The Cold War in Retrospect: The Formative Years Praeger Publishers, 1998 online edition

1950s and 1960s

  • Beschloss, Michael. Kennedy v. Khrushchev: The Crisis Years, 1960–63 (1991)
  • Beschloss Michael. Mayday: Eisenhower, Kennedy and the U-2 Affair 1986.
  • Brands, H. W. Cold Warriors. Eisenhower's Generation and American Foreign Policy (1988).
  • Brands, H. W. The Wages of Globalism: Lyndon Johnson and the Limits of American Power (1997)
  • Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Soviet Bloc: Unity and Conflict, New York: Praeger (1961)
  • Divine, Robert A. Eisenhower and the Cold War (1981)
  • Divine, Robert A. ed., The Cuban Missile Crisis 2nd ed. (1988)
  • Duiker William J. U.S. Containment Policy and the Conflict in Indochina. 1994.
  • Freedman, Lawrence. Kennedy's Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam (2000)
  • Fursenko, Aleksandr and Timothy Naftali. One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958–1964 (1997)
  • Jian, Chen. Mao's China and the Cold War (2001)
  • Kunz, Diane B. The Diplomacy of the Crucial Decade: American Foreign Relations during the 1960s (1994)
  • Navratil, Jaromir. The Prague Spring 68´ (1998)
  • Mastny, Vojtech. The Cold War and Soviet Insecurity: The Stalin Years (1998)
  • Melanson, Richard A. and David Mayers, eds., Reevaluating Eisenhower. American Foreign Policy in the 1950s (1986)
  • Paterson, Thomas G. ed., Kennedy's Quest for Victory: American Foreign Policy, 1961–1963 (1989).
  • Reynolds, David, ed. The Origins of the Cold War in Europe: International Perspectives (1994)
  • Williams, Kirrian. The Prague Spring and its Aftermath : Czechoslovak Politics, 1968–1970 (1997)

Korean War

  • Brune, Lester H. ed. The Korean War: Handbook of the Literature and Research (1996) online edition
  • Jian, Chen. China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation (1994) online edition
  • Stueck, Jr. William W. The Korean War: An International History (1995)
  • Stueck, Jr. William. Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History (2002) online edition
  • Tucker, Spencer, ed. Encyclopedia of the Korean War (2002)

Vietnam

  • Anderson, David L. Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War (2004).
  • Berman, Larry. Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate (1991). online edition
  • Freedman, Lawrence. Kennedy's Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam (2000)
  • Herring, George C. America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950–1975 (4th ed 2001), most widely used short history.
  • Kahin, George McTurnan. Intervention: how America became involved in Vietnam (1986) online at ACLS e-books
  • Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History (1983), popular history by journalist; strong on Saigon's plans.
  • Kutler, Stanley ed. Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War (1996). essays by experts
  • Lewy, Guenter. America in Vietnam (1978), defends U.S. actions.
  • McMahon, Robert J. Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War: Documents and Essays (1995) textbook.
  • Schulzinger, Robert D. Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975. (1997) online edition
  • Tucker, Spencer. ed. Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War (1998) 3 vol. reference set; also one-volume abridgement (2001).
  • Tucker, Spencer. Vietnam. (1999) 226pp. online edition
  • Vandiver, Frank E. Shadows of Vietnam: Lyndon Johnson's Wars (1997)
  • The Pentagon Papers (Gravel ed. 5 vol 1971); combination of narrative and secret documents compiled by Pentagon. excerpts

Détente: 1969–1979

  • Ash, Timothy Garton. In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993)
  • Clemens, Clay. Reluctant Realists: The Christian Democrats and West German Ostpolitik, Duke University Press, 1989 online edition
  • Dallek, Robert. Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Edmonds, Robin. Soviet Foreign Policy: The Brezhnev Years (1983)
  • Garthoff, Raymond. Détente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan 2nd ed (1994), detailed narrative online edition; also excerpt and text search
  • Hanhimäki, Jussi. The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy, (2004) online edition
  • Isaacson, Walter. Kissinger (1992); excerpt and text search
  • Litwak, Robert S. Détente and the Nixon Doctrine: American Foreign Policy and the Pursuit of Stability, 1969-1976 (1986)
  • Nelson, Keith L. The Making of Détente: Soviet-American Relations in the Shadow of Vietnam (1995)
  • Ross, Robert S. Negotiating Cooperation: The United States and China, 1969-1989, Stanford University Press, 1995 online edition
  • Sarrotte, M.E. Dealing with the Devil: East Germany, Detente & Ostpolitik, 1969-73 The University of North Carolina Press, (2001) online edition
  • Suri, Jeremi. Henry Kissinger and the American Century (2007)
  • Suri, Jeremi. Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente. (2003), focus on student revolts of 1968 excerpt and text search
  • Ulam, Adam B. Dangerous Relations. The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1970–1982 (1983)

Primary sources and memoirs

  • Arbatov, Georgi. The System: An Insider's Life in Soviet Politics (1993)
  • Kissinger, Henry. White House Years (1979); Years of Upheaval (1982); Years of Renewal (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Nixon, Richard. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (1981) excerpt and text search

Second Cold War: 1979–1986

  • Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977–1981 (1983);
  • Edmonds, Robin. Soviet Foreign Policy: The Brezhnev Years (1983)
  • Mower, A. Glenn Jr. Human Rights and American Foreign Policy: The Carter and Reagan Experiences ( 1987),
  • Smith, Gaddis. Morality, Reason and Power:American Diplomacy in the Carter Years (1986).
  • Westad, O. A., The Fall of Detente: Soviet-American Relations During the Carter Years, 1997 (Aschehoug AS)

End of Cold War: 1986–1991

  • Beschloss, Michael, and Strobe Talbott. At the Highest Levels:The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War (1993)
  • Bialer, Seweryn and Michael Mandelbaum, eds. Gorbachev's Russia and American Foreign Policy (1988).
  • Gaddis, John Lewis. The United States and the End of the Cold War: Implications, Reconsiderations, Provocations (1992) excerpt and text search
  • Garthoff, Raymond. The Great Transition: American-Soviet Relations and the End of the Cold War (1994), detailed narrative excerpt and text search
  • Hogan, Michael ed. The End of the Cold War. Its Meaning and Implications (1992) articles from Diplomatic History online at JSTOR; excerpt and text search
  • Kyvig, David ed. Reagan and the World (1990), essays by scholars; excerpt and text search
  • Matlock, Jack F. Autopsy of an Empire (1995) by US ambassador to Moscow
  • Matlock, Jack F. "The End of the Cold War," Harvard International Review, Vol. 23, 2001 online edition
  • Matlock, Jack F. Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Shultz, George P. Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State (1993)
  • Pons, S., Romero, F., Reinterpreting the End of the Cold War: Issues, Interpretations, Periodizations, (2005)
  • Wallander, Celeste A. "Western Policy and the Demise of the Soviet Union," Journal of Cold War Studies 5.4 (2003) 137-177 in Project Muse
  • Zubok, Vladislav M. A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007) excerpt and text search

Intelligence

  • Aldrich, Richard J. The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence (2002).
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Intelligence Establishment (1981).
  • Andrew, Christopher and Vasili Mitrokhin. The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB (1999)
    • Mitrokhin. Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin. The Mitrokhin Archive (1999). vol 1, on KGB
  • Andrew, Christopher, and Oleg Gordievsky. KGB: The Inside Story of Its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev (1990).
  • Bogle, Lori, ed. Cold War Espionage and Spying (2001), essays
  • Dorril, Stephen. MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service (2000).
  • Garthoff, Raymond L. "Foreign Intelligence and the Historiography of the Cold War." Journal of Cold War Studies 2004 6(2): 21-56. Issn: 1520-3972 Fulltext: Project Muse and Ebsco
  • Gates, Robert M. From The Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story Of Five Presidents And How They Won The Cold War (1997)
  • Haynes, John Earl, and Harvey Klehr. Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (1999).
  • Helms, Richard. A Look over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency (2003)
  • Koehler, John O. Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police (1999)
  • Murphy, David E., Sergei A. Kondrashev, and George Bailey. Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War (1997).
  • Prados, John. Presidents' Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations Since World War II (1996)
  • Richelson, Jeffrey T. Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea. (2006). 702 pp.
  • Rositzke, Harry. The CIA's Secret Operations: Espionage, Counterespionage, and Covert Action (1988)
  • Trahair, Richard C. S. Encyclopedia of Cold War Espionage, Spies and Secret Operations (2004), by an Australian scholar; contains historiographical introduction online edition
  • Weinstein, Allen, and Alexander Vassiliev. The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—The Stalin Era (1999).

Economics and social Factors

  • Engerman, David C. "The Romance of Economic Development and New Histories of the Cold War.: Diplomatic History 2004 28(1): 23-54. Issn: 0145-2096 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Heiss, Mary Ann. "The Economic Cold War: America, Britain, and East-West Trade, 1948–63" The Historian, Vol. 65, (2003)
  • Hogan, Michael J. The Marshall Plan: America, Britain and the Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947–1952 (1989)
  • Keohane, Robert O. and Joseph S. Nye. Power and Interdependence (3rd Edition) (2000)
  • Kunz, Diane B. Butter and Guns: America's Cold War Economic Diplomacy (1997)
  • May, Ernest R. American Cold War Strategy: Interpreting NSC 68. (1993)
  • Morgan, Patrick M. and Keith L. Nelson (eds); Re-Viewing the Cold War: Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy in the East-West Confrontation (1997)

Arms Race, nuclear strategies, weapons systems

  • Arnold, Lorna, with Pyne, Katherine. Britain and the H-Bomb. Palgrave, 2001. 273 pp.
  • Atkins, Stephen E. Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy. Greenwood, 2000. 491 pp.
  • Ball, Desmond. Politics and Force Levels: The Strategic Missile Program of the Kennedy Administration (1980)
  • Baylis, John. Ambiguity and Deterrence: British Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1964. Oxford U. Press, 1996. 495 pp.
  • Betts, Richard K. Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance (Brookings Institution, 1987).
  • Bird, Kai, and Martin J. Sherwin American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2006) Pulitzer Prize
  • Bukharin, Oleg et al. Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. MIT Press, 2001. 693 pp.
  • Bundy, McGeorge. Danger and Survival: Choices About the Bomb in the First Fifty Years (1988).
  • Craig, Campbell. Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War. Columbia University Press. 1998. 216pp.
  • Carlisle, Rodney P., ed. Encyclopedia of the Atomic Age. Facts on File, 2001. 400 pp. numerous inaccuracies
  • DeGroot, Gerard J. The Bomb: A Life (2006), focus on 1950s
  • Freedman, Lawrence. The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (1983)
  • Gaddis, John Lewis, ed. Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy Since 1945 Oxford U. Press, 1999. 398 pp.
  • Goldfischer, David. The Best Defense: Policy Alternatives for U.S. Nuclear Security from the 1950s to the 1990s. Cornell U. Press, 1993. 283 pp.
  • Goodchild, Peter. Edward Teller: The Real Dr. Strangelove. Harvard U. Press, 2004. 469 pp
  • Heuser, Beatrice. NATO, Britain, France and the FRG: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe, 1949-2000. St. Martin's, 1997. 256 pp.
  • Heuser, Beatrice. "The Development of Nato's Nuclear Strategy." Contemporary European History" 1995 4(1): 37-66. Issn: 0960-7773
  • Hewlett, Richard, and Jack Holl. Atoms for Peace and War 3 vol; official history of Atomic Energy Commission (which built all the American bombs) 1953-61 volume online
  • Holloway, David . Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1959–1956 (1994)
  • Jervis, Robert. The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution: Statecraft and the Prospect of Armageddon (Cornell University Press, 1989).
  • Levine, Alan J. The Missile and Space Race. Praeger, 1994. 247 pp.
  • Lebow, Richard Ned and Stein, Janice Gross. "Deterrence and the Cold War." Political Science Quarterly 1995 110(2): 157-181. Issn: 0032-3195 Fulltext: Jstor and Ebsco
  • Mathers, Jennifer G. The Russian Nuclear Shield from Stalin to Yeltsin. St. Martin's, 2000. 227 pp.
  • May, Ernest R. American Cold War Strategy: Interpreting NSC 68. (1993)
  • Miller, Jerry. Nuclear Weapons and Aircraft Carriers: How the Bomb Saved Naval Aviation. Smithsonian Inst. Press, 2001. 296 pp.
  • Peden, G. C. Arms, Economics, and British Strategy: From Dreadnoughts to Hydrogen Bombs (2007); 398 pp.
  • Powaski, Ronald E. Return to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1981-1999. Oxford U. Press, (2000). 294 pp.
  • Preble, Christopher A. John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap. Northern Illinois U. Press, 2004. 244 pp.
  • Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Pulitzer Prize
  • Snead, David L. The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War. Ohio State U. Press, 1999. 286 pp.
  • Spinardi, Graham. From Polaris to Trident: The Development of U.S. Fleet Ballistic Missile Technology. Cambridge U. Press, 1994. 253 pp.
  • Stumpf, David K. Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program. U. of Arkansas Press, 2000. 320 pp.
  • Terriff, Terry. The Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy. Cornell U. Press, 1995. 252 pp.
  • Williamson, Samuel R., Jr. and Reardon, Steven L. The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953. St. Martin's, 1993. 224 pp.

Space Race

  • Cadbury, Deborah. Space Race: The Epic Battle between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space (2006)
  • Futrell, Robert Frank. Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: Basic thinking in the United States Air Force: 1907-1960 (1989)
  • Logsdon, John M.. Robert William Smith, Roger D. Launius, Reconsidering Sputnik: Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite (2000)
  • McDougall, Walter A. The Heavens And the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age (ebooks 2001)
  • Reeves, Robert. The Superpower Space Race: An Explosive Rivalry through the Solar System. 1994. 437 pp.

Rhetoric, popular culture

  • Boyer, Paul S. By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age (1994)
  • Carpenter, Charles A. Dramatists and the Bomb: American and British Playwrights Confront the Nuclear Age, 1945-1964. Greenwood, 1999. 183 pp.
  • Gery, John. Nuclear Annihilation and Contemporary American Poetry: Ways of Nothingness. U. Press of Florida, 1996. 235 pp.
  • Henriksen, Margot A. Dr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age. U. of California Press, 1997. 451 pp.
  • Kirby, Dianne ed. Religion and the Cold War (2003) 272 pp.
  • Major, Patrick. "Future Perfect?: Communist Science Fiction in the Cold War." Cold War History 2003 4(1): 71-96. Issn: 1468-2745 Fulltext: in Ebsco
  • Marsh, Rosalind J. Soviet Fiction Since Stalin: science, politics and literature (1986)
  • McConachie, Bruce. American Theatre and the Culture of the Cold War: Producing and Contesting Containment, 1947-1962. University of Iowa Press, 2003; 364pp
  • Medhurst, Martin J. Cold War Rhetoric: Strategy, Metaphor, and Ideology Michigan State University Press, 1997 online edition
  • Miller, D. Quentin. John Updike and the Cold War: Drawing the Iron Curtain (2001) online edition
  • Mitter, Patrick Major Rana. Across the Blocs. Exploring Comparative Cold War Cultural and Social History (2004) 150pp; The%20Iron%20Curtain%22&filter=all&start=1&t=jNpLfQ3aF3p-fYWfbfSXHg&sq=The%20Iron%20Curtain%22 10% excerpt and text search
  • Mulvihill, Jason. "James Bond's Cold War Part I" Journal of Instructional Media, Vol. 28, (2001)
  • Parker, Stephen R., Rhys W. Williams, Colin Riordan. German Writers and the Cold War, 1945-61 (1992) 250pp
  • Resch, John P., et al. Americans at War: Society, Culture and the Homefront (2005), vol 4: 1946 to Present
  • Schwartz, Richard Alan. Cold War Culture: Media and the Arts, 1945–1990 (2000)
  • Seed, David. American Science Fiction and the Cold War (2002)
  • Shapiro Jerome F. Atomic Bomb Cinema: The Apocalyptic Imagination on Film (2001)
  • Stone, Albert E. Literary Aftershocks: American Writers, Readers, and the Bomb. (1994).
  • Ventresca, Robert A. "The Virgin and the Bear: Religion, Society and the Cold War in Italy." Journal of Social History. Volume: 37#2 (2003) pp 439+. online edition
  • Whitfield, Stephen J. The Culture of the Cold War (1996)
  • Winkler, Allan M. Life under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom. (1993). 290 pp.
  • Wittner, Lawrence S. The Struggle against the Bomb. 3 vol (1993-2003). antiwar movements in US and Europe
  • Zeman, Scott C. "I Was a Cold War Monster: Horror Films, Eroticism and the Cold War Imagination," Journal of Popular Culture, August, 2004

Primary sources: Documents and memoirs

  • Acheson, Dean . Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1992). excerpt and text search
  • Baruch, Bernard . The Public Years (1960).
  • Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977–1981 (1983);
  • Charles Bohlen . Witness to History, 1929-1969. 1973
  • Eden, Anthony . The Memoirs of Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon. Vol. 2: The Reckoning. London: 1965.
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. The White House Years: Mandate for Change, 1953-1956. (1963) online edition; The White House Years: Waging Peace, 1957-1961. (1965).
  • Etzold, Thomas and John Lewis Gaddis, eds., Containment: Documents on American Policy and Strategy, 1945–1950 (1978)
  • Chang, Laurence and Peter Kornbluh, eds., The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1952 (1985)
  • Kennan George F. Memoirs, 1925-1950. (1957) [ excerpt and text search]
  • Djilas, Milovan . Conversations with Stalin. 1962, Yugoslav diplomat excerpt and text search
  • Hanhimaki, Jussi M. and Odd Arne Westad, eds. The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (2004)
  • Khrushchev, Nikita. Khrushchev Remembers ed. Strobe Talbott (1991); Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament ed. Strobe Talbott (1987); Khrushchev Remembers: The Glasnost Tapes ed. Jerrold Schechter (1989)
  • Khrushchev, Sergei. Khrushchev on Khrushchev: An Inside Account of the Man and His Era, (1990)
  • Kissinger, Henry, vol 1 White House Years (1979); vol 2 Years of Upheaval (1982); vol 3 Years of Renewal 1974–1976 (1999) excerpt and text search vol 3
  • Nixon, Richard . RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (1981) excerpt and text search
  • Shultz, George P. Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State (1993)

Historiography

  • Ferrell, Robert H. Harry S. Truman and the Cold War Revisionists. (2006). 142 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Fitzpatrick, Sheila. "Russia's Twentieth Century in History and Historiography," The Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 46, 2000
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  • Gaddis, John Lewis. Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy. (1982). online edition
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