Borstelmann, Thomas. The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001. Deeper context on the relationship between Cold War politics and Civil Rights.
Boyer, Paul. By the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985. A wonderfully detailed study of Cold War popular culture.
Cohen, Lizabeth. A Consumer’s Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America. New York: Vintage, 2003. A detailed and compelling analysis of the transformative power of mass consumption.
Cuordileone, K.A., Manhood and American Political Culture in the Cold War. New York: Routledge, 2004. The author examines the way in which a cult of toughness shaped the politics of the early cold war.
Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were: American Families And The Nostalgia Trap. New York: Basic Books, 2000. This work examines two centuries of American family life with particularly stunning revelations about the 1950s, shattering a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families.
Dudziak, Mary L., Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002. This study interprets postwar civil rights as a Cold War feature.
Glendon, Mary Ann, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New York: Random House, 2002. This is the dramatic and inspiring story of the remarkable group of men and women from around the world who participated in this historic achievement and gave us the founding document of the modern human rights movement
Gutierrez, David G. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. A different perspective on immigration and race.
Lipsitz, George, Rainbow at Midnight. Labor and Culture in the 1940s. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois, 1994. This book contains various essays on class conflict in the 1940s and how it played out in race politics and popular culture.
Nash, Gerald D. The American West in the Twentieth Century: A Short History of an Urban Oasis. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1977. A classic study of the West in the 20th century.
Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. A Pulitzer Prize-winning account that proves that truth is stranger than fiction.
Schrecker, Ellen, Many are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 1999. Schrecker offers a history of the American anticommunist movement and its stifling impact on American popular culture.
Von Eschen, Penny, Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. Von Eschen captures the fascinating interplay between the State Department and artists as all sought to imagine a more inclusive and integrated American nation on the world stage.
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Beisner, Robert L. Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War. Beisner paints an indelible portrait of one of the key figures of the last half century.
Fried, Richard M., Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective. Fried offers a riveting and comprehensive account of this time and describes the wholesale effect of McCarthyism on the lives of thousands of ordinary people.
Gaddis, John, Strategies of Containment: A Critical Analysis of Postwar American National Security. An influential analysis of the development of the containment policy central to American foreign policy during the Cold War.
Gutfreund, Owen D. Twentieth-Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape. Gutfreund offers a fascinating look at how highways have dramatically transformed American communities nationwide, aiding growth and development in unsettled areas and undermining existing urban centers.
Jones, Howard, “A New Kind of War”: America’s Global Strategy and the Truman Doctrine in Greece. Jones argues that American policy towards Greece was the focal point in the development of a global strategy and that, had the White House and others drawn the real “lessons” from that intervention, the action in Vietnam might have been more carefully thought out.
The Cold War Museum. The site associated with the Cold War Museum in Virginia features detailed texts on key features of the cold war, document excerpts, photos, and news about exhibits.
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War. Put together by the Smithsonian, this site explores the Cold War with a special emphasis on a new postwar technology in the arms race—the atomic submarine.
Tracked in America: the McCarthy Era. Created by the American Civil Liberties Union, this site contains interviews with historians and legal scholars, document excerpts, images, and texts related to McCarthyism.
BBC Cold War History. A companion site to BBC programming, this site offers images and texts on various episodes of the Cold War.
Crossing the Line: Jackie Robinson. Part of the PBS Baseball documentary web site, this web page contains a detailed account of Jackie Robinson’s role in desegregating the sport and useful links to other materials on this pathbreaking athlete.