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The War of Nerves

Martin Sixsmith



10:00am 1h
City Hall

The War of Nerves probes the psychology of the Cold War years, examining the thinking behind the decisions that were taken and the mistakes that brought the world to the brink of destruction. More than any other conflict, the Cold War was fought on the battlefield of the human mind; and, thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, its legacy endures in our politics, thoughts and fears. Drawing on untapped archives and unseen sources, the author recreates the tensions and paranoia of the Cold War, examining the lessons that can be learned for our new era of global confrontation. Revisiting towering personalities such as Khrushchev and Kennedy, Brezhnev and Nixon, Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev, as well as the lives of the unknown millions who were caught up in the conflict, the book is a gripping account of fear itself - and in today's uncertain times, it is more resonant than ever.

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