The Long Peace: Inquiries Into the History of the Cold War
By John Lewis Gaddis
Oxford University Press, 1987, 332 pp.
A distinguished historian of post-1945 international relations presents eight substantial, thoroughly researched essays on the overall theme of the war the United States and the Soviet Union have managed to avoid with each other. Topics include why the United States did not use nuclear weapons against the Soviet Union in the years of its superiority, how the U.S. tried to exploit divisions within the communist world, and the emergence of a mutually beneficial regime of satellite reconnaissance. Although much of the material has appeared in journals and conference proceedings, its accessible concentration in one volume is welcome.