Largely unknown to his cabinet, Ronald Reagan broke with previous U.S. policy and initiated a global campaign of economic and political warfare against the Soviets.
Miscalculations and blunders by world leaders precipitated the Korean War 60 years ago
On the 25th anniversary of two famous Reagan speeches, the former Speaker of the House asks why we haven’t learned more from the 40th president
During their vacation, a couple from the United States crossed Checkpoint Charlie and had a harrowing experience as they encountered soldiers on both sides of the Berlin Wall.
What a skeptical biographer discovered about a very elusive subject
A final interview with the most controversial father of the atomic age, Edward Teller
Six Aspects Of The Man—Three Political, Three Personal—Hint At How Posterity Will View Him
The United States Information Agency did not long survive the Cold War it helped wage. But today the lessons it taught us may be more useful than ever.
Our common history isn’t all pleasant, but seeing it firsthand is deeply moving
A soldier-historian looks at how the world has changed in the past decade and finds that America is both hostage to history and likely to be saved by it
The Cuban Missile Crisis as seen from the Kremlin
In his last speech as President, he inaugurated the spirit of the 1960s
From Berlin to Washington to Area 51, landmarks of the era are opening up to tourists.
The strangest of all Cold War relics also offers a clue to why we won it
Nikita Khrushchev’s son remembers a great turning point of the Cold War, as seen from behind the Iron Curtain
Nikita Khrushchev’s son recalls a world where the United States was the Evil Empire—and Soviet superpower a carefully maintained illusion
Growing up on a Cold War air base in the shadow of the big one
It was born of a slew of compromises—which may be the secret of its survival in a vastly changed world
SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH the Soviet Union orbited a “man-made moon” whose derisive chirp persuaded Americans they’d already lost a race that had barely begun
In an exchange of letters, a man who had an immeasurable impact on how the great struggle of our times was waged looks back on how it began
Seen in its proper historical context—amid the height of the Cold War—the investigation into Kennedy’s assassination looks much more impressive and its shortcomings much more understandable
Though it appears to have sprung up overnight, the inspiration of free-spirited hackers, it in fact was born in Defense Department Cold War projects of the 1950s
The first American to leave the Earth's atmosphere recalls the momentous flight that put us on a course for the moon.
The half-remembered Korean conflict was full of surprises, and nearly all of them were unpleasant
After every war in the nation’s history, the military has faced not only calls for demobilization but new challenges and new opportunities. It is happening again.
The Cold War was an anomaly: more often than not the world’s two greatest states have lived together in uneasy amity. And what now?
In the twilight of Castro’s regime, one of the soldiers who put him in power recalls what it was like to be a fidelista up in the hills four decades ago when a whole new, just, democratic world was there for the building
As I watched the lunar landing on television, my part in the whole scenario took on a new meaning.