Publication Date: 11/11/2021 ISBN: 9781781259122 Category:

The War of Nerves

Martin Sixsmith

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date: 11/11/2021 ISBN: 9781781259122 Category:




A major new history of the Cold War: exploring the conflict through the minds of the people who lived it.

‘It was time for a vivid, popular history of the Cold War, and this is it’ The Times

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 Review

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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