Edward Pessen, a professor of history at Baruch College, died in December 1992, shortly after delivering the manuscript for this book to his publisher. His theme is the price of victory in the Cold War; his style is polemical. The work is based on secondary accounts and personal reactions to having lived through the Cold War. His conclusion is that although America won, the methods used were so grievously awed that the United States may never fully recover from its effects upon our values, our freedoms, our politics, our security, the conditions of our material life, the quality of our productive plant, and the very air we breathe. Pessen describes the usual villains the CIA, the military-industrial complex, the Cold War think tanks and their intellectual sponsors, the politicians in a vigorous, simplistic style that is strong on emotion but short on thought-provoking analysis or new information.