#BookReview for Images of The National Archives: Cold War by Stephen Twigge @penswordbooks #ColdWar #TheNationalArchives

Cold War tells the story of half a century of superpower confrontation from the end of the Second World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The book describes in chilling detail the military and ideological struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union that dominated the postwar landscape.

The book highlights the role played by Britain during the Cold War and its involvement in Cold War flash points including the Berlin Blockade, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The book describes the devastating consequences of nuclear war, the growth and influence of the peace movement and the exploits of the Cold War spy networks built up by both sides.

Based on previously secret government reports and papers, the book tells a compelling story of global conflict and superpower politics set against a backdrop of dramatic social and cultural change.


I thought that this was a really interesting book and it was crammed full of detail and a pretty addictive read for me.

I do love history and am reading more and more on the period that covers the Second World War and beyond at the moment so this was a book that was right up my street and having read a previously book by this author in the same series I was delighted to get my hands on a copy.

The layout of the book was excellent, it was great how it had been split in to the different chapters to give the sections a different main focus.  I love the intrigue from this period.  The extracts from the leaflets from the UK government regarding what they would need to do if there was an attack were fascinating too.

I loved the articles that have been chosen for the book, the photos, extracts of official communications all worked brilliantly to bring the Cold War to life and I definitely felt more informed on what had occured after I had finished it.  I read the book in two consecutive evenings and genuinely looked forward to picking the book back up.

I found that the book was well written and there was just the right amount of detail, I found it a fascinating read – very highly recommended!!