Why read about the Cold War — a period we all lived through? We worried about the Berlin airlift, the Cuban missile crisis, wars in Korea and Vietnam and many other events, all with the threat of a devastating nuclear war hanging over our heads. But since we survived and defeated the enemy, you might think there is nothing else to tell. As Odd Arne Westad shows in The Cold War: A World History (Basic Books, 2017), it was much more than that. It was a century-long ideological struggle transforming nearly every corner of the globe. The choices that many governments had to make, and the consequences of those choices, continue to define those countries today. Studying the actions of the U.S. and Russia during this time will prove most helpful in understanding how the U.S. should interact with the rest of the world. In this grand narrative of the Cold War, Westad provides a powerful analysis of why it occurred, what it meant and, most importantly, why it still matters. Join us for a comprehensive and insightful history of the Cold War.