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The Cold War Is Over-Again
The Cold War Is Over-Again
By Alien Lynch
Westview Press, 1992, 208 pp

This book's thesis is provocative if not entirely novel: that the Cold War effectively ended several decades ago when the issues that spawned it-Germany, the balance of power, deterrence of war and ideology in the Third World-were either "resolved or removed to the periphery of international political life." His thesis raises the haunting questions of why the war settled into confrontation and whether Western leaders could have done anything to unsettle it sooner (perhaps despite their inclinations). Instead of a reply Lynch turns to interesting essays, now rendered history, on the Gorbachev transformations.