America in the Cold War
A Reference Guide
by William T. Walker
January 2014, 312pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-206-9
$83, £64, 73€, A114
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The Cold War was a defining experience for 20th-century America.

Including extensive, balanced information, keen insights, and helpful research tools, this book provides a valuable resource for students or general readers interested in American policy, diplomacy, and conduct during the Cold War.

The Cold War not only comprised the dominant theme in American foreign policy during the second half of the 20th century; its influence was also imbedded into American culture. The half-century duration of the Cold War was an extended learning period during which the United States found that it could no longer remain an isolationist nation in a complex, quickly evolving, and dangerous world. This book covers the entire scope of the Cold War, from its background and origins before and after World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, providing coverage of key events and concepts, such as the containment policy, McCarthyism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, détente, and nuclear arms policies. The single-volume work also provides an annotated bibliography, primary documents, and biographies of key personalities during the Cold War, such as John Foster Dulles, J. Edgar Hoover, George F. Kennan, Henry Kissinger, Edward R. Murrow, and Ronald Reagan.


  • Provides a solid introduction to the Cold War era that incorporates information from the latest scholarship
  • Documents the myriad impacts, both obvious and subtle, of the Cold War on American culture
  • Supplies a thorough annotated bibliography that includes primary and secondary sources, both standards and very recent studies—ideal for students and others interested in research
  • Constitutes a convenient research tool for high school and undergraduate students writing term papers or preparing theses on Cold War-related topics
William T. Walker, PhD, is the former senior vice president and professor of history at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, where he continues to teach part-time. His published works include ABC-CLIO's McCarthyism and the Red Scare: A Reference Guide and Greenwood's Term Paper Resource Guide to Nineteenth-Century World History; he is also the author/editor of other books on American and European history. Walker holds a doctorate in history from the University of South Carolina.


"This resource is an excellent starting point for Cold War study for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. . . . Recommended."—Choice, July 1, 2014

"With concise information presented in an easy-to-read manner, this is a good starting place for high school reports and casual research. Recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist, April 15, 2014
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