"In The Cold War: A History, Mr. Walker avoids the tangled debates over which side started the conflict and which did the most to sustain it. His analysis is breader, and with lively prose and well-chosen anecdotes, he deftly traverses a half-century of fascinating material. Historians will find little that is new in Mr. Walker's book, and one wishes he had managed to tap recently declassified Soviet documents to shed new light on familiar episodes. This lack of new research, however, may actually be a strength: instead of getting immersed in detailed analyses of any one period of the cold war, Mr. Walker keeps moving forward and maintains a sense of historic sweep. For this reason, his book is enormously successful as a one-volume narrative."Walker, Martin is the author of 'Cold War A History', published 1995 under ISBN 9780805034547 and ISBN 0805034544.