In this fascinating new interpretation of Cold War history, John Lewis Gaddis focuses on how the United States and the Soviet Union have managed to get through more than four decades of Cold War confrontation without going to war with one another.
Using recently-declassified American and British documents, Gaddis argues that the postwar international system has contained previously unsuspected elements of stability. This provocative reassessment of contemporary history—particularly as it relates to the current status of Soviet-American relations—will certainly generate discussion, controversy, and important new perspectives on both past and present aspects of the age in which we live.
Coherent, learned, well written—and a reminder of just how changeable are the passions kindled by nuclear deterrence….[Gaddis is] an intelligent historian, and he combines theoretical reflection with a deep knowledge of the massive American archives….[These essays] constitute a unified history of the Cold War.
—The New York Times Book Review
With his customary insight and care, John Gaddis gives us important and illuminating essays that deepen and alter our understanding of Soviet-American relations.
—Robert Jervis, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University
For those wondering how Bill Clinton could pardon white-collar fugitive Marc Rich but not Native American leader Leonard Peltier, important clues can be found in this classic study of the FBI’s COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program). Agents of Repression includes an incisive historical account of the FBI siege of Wounded Knee, and reveals the viciousness of COINTELPRO campaigns targeting the Black Liberation movement. The authors' new introduction examines the legacies of the Panthers and AIM, and shows how the FBI still presents a threat to those committed to fundamental social change.