It was in the Third World that the ambitions and fears of the two Cold War superpowers were played out v Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and Syria, Afghanistan. In their bizarre way, these were carefully controlled wars, carefully controlled in the sense that neither great power allowed itself to become directly engaged in a hot war with the other. Equally, neither allowed itself toIt was in the Third World that the ambitions and fears of the two Cold War superpowers were played out v Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and Syria, Afghanistan. In their bizarre way, these were carefully controlled wars, carefully controlled in the sense that neither great power allowed itself to become directly engaged in a hot war with the other. Equally, neither allowed itself to go for broke in a grand sweep across the Third World in fear of provoking that final confrontation. But this fear of direct confrontation was never as rigidly controlled as one would think. Again and again events veered towards a clash between Eagle and Bear. The authors of this book make real such terrifying possibilities as Korea or the 67 War dragging in both superpowers; they predict the consequences of the United States or the Soviet Union attempting radical strategies in Vietnam or in a divided Germany, either to follow the British success in Malaya or to invade the North; they imagine the invasion of Cuba when the delicate signals failed to find a way out of the Missile Crisis and bring to life a scenario in which the Soviet Union knocks the Great Game off the board by using Afghanistan as base to bring down Pakistan and achieve its warm water port on the Indian Ocean. Cold War Hot vividly brings to life these and many other alternate scenarios, taking the reader behind the scenes at these momentous moments in history. In showing what could have happened, the authors show how precarious the Cold War peace actually was, and how little it would have taken to tip the balance into World War Three....
|Title||:||Cold War Hot: Alternate Decisions of the Cold War|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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Cold War Hot: Alternate Decisions of the Cold War Reviews
extremely boring - focused on details of potential conflicts but not on the strategic impacts.
Quite "softcore", except in the case of the proposed Sino-Soviet war. Several pages contain editing errors, with lines and words badly arranged with out-of-nowhere numbers, making it quite annoying. Europe (the major battlefield) deserves very little attention and, although it is announced in the back cover, no Cuba invasion is described, for example. I feel somewhat deceived at a certain level.
I found this book to be a quick and fun read and very welcome to my collection of books on the subject of alternate histories. It has some interesting and exciting examples in it of moments in time when the flash of circumstance could have ignited the many powder kegs let lying around during the Cold War. 80 %
I should have paid attention to the synopsis more carefully, for it is rather tactics heavy reading. I meant to find something more political or societal. In the end, a difficult read, but not a bad one.
Another collection of what-if essays looking at what might have happened if various events had taken different turns during the Cold War. Books like this are always thought-provoking and are useful in countering the sense of inevitability that often pervades the study of history in hindsight.