This is the newest entry in Alan Axelrod's engaging, successful "Real History" series - and the only current illustrated book on a misunderstood and mysterious topic. From the fall of Nazi Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, a cold war raged between the US and the Soviet Union. Though not a shot was fired, the hostility between the two superpowers threatened the globe with nuclear annihilation. Axelrod reveals the intriguing, suspenseful true story behind this globe-spanning battle of wills. Judiciously, incisively, he probes the pivotal events of the era. Rarely seen illustrations, detail-packed sidebars, maps, statistics, quotes and 'reality checks' to popular myths make this a work general readers will turn to and enjoy.