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Understanding The Cold War: A Historian's Personal Reflections Book Review Summary

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Prof. Ulam, one of the greatest historians of the 20th Century, describes growing up in a unique Polish-Jewish culture, in the shadow of the growing threat of Nazism, resulting in flight, with his famous brother, mathematician, Stanislaw Ulam, just days before the Nazi invasion of Poland. The book continues with his Harvard years, where he taught and interacted with some of the great figures of the 20th Century, including John Kenneth Galbraith, Henry Kissinger, Robert Kennedy, the latter two were both his students,and other luminaries. He was for many years, Director of the Russian Research Center. Finally, he discusses the origins, significant events and outcome of the Cold War, and (his specialty) Marxism and Communism with his characteristic wit and clarity.
This report prepared by Mary H.B. Ulam








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   teacher/professor Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   escaping repressive govt. War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Ethnicity    -   Jew Nationality    -   Eastern European Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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