More Precious than Peace, by Peter W. Rodman
The cold war may have been waged over Europe, but it was fought in the third world. While Europe and the rest of the developed world were enjoying their “long peace,” millions of people were dying in wars involving the superpowers in far-flung corners of the globe. It was in this sprawling arena that all of the conflicts in which American troops fought and died since the end of World War II took place, and it was here that the United States and the Soviet Union came closest to nuclear war. In the end, developments in the third world played a decisive role in undermining the Soviet Union and bringing the cold war to a close.
Why did the United States and the Soviet Union invest so much blood and treasure to influence a ragtag collection of undeveloped and unstable countries where, frequently, so little of apparent economic or strategic value was at stake? Why and how did the United States emerge triumphant in its global confrontation with the USSR? These questions are among many addressed by Peter W. Rodman in More Precious Than Peace, a gripping account of the U.S.-Soviet competition in the third world.
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