From today’s OpinionJournal Five Best column, here are recommendations for five books about Russia and the Cold War:
- The Twenty Years’ Crisis: 1919-1939 by E.H. Carr (Macmillan, 1939). — Never heard of it, but it sounds interesting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.