Book recommendations about Russia and the Cold War

From today’s OpinionJournal Five Best column, here are recommendations for five books about Russia and the Cold War:

  1. The Twenty Years’ Crisis: 1919-1939 by E.H. Carr (Macmillan, 1939). — Never heard of it, but it sounds interesting.
  2. Darkness at Noon” by Arthur Koestler (Macmillan, 1941) — Another one I’ve never heard of, although I have heard the author’s name before. The book itself sounds interesting.
  3. The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness” by Reinhold Niebuhr (Scribner, 1944) — Never heard of this book or the author, but it does sound interesting.
  4. The Super-Powers” by William T.R. Fox (Harcourt, 1944) — Another one I’ve never heard of, but I had heard that there was a specific book which coined (or at least popularized) the term “superpower”, and this book is supposed to be it. Sounds like it would be interesting, but dry.
  5. The True Believer” by Erich Hoffer (Harper & Row, 1951) — I’ve heard of this book and this author, and even tried reading it once. However, there was something about it that turned me off. I can’t remember what it was that I found objectionable, but I do remember I couldn’t get past the beginning. On the other hand, I’ve seen this book recommended so many times it sounds like I should try it again.

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