Culture During The Cold War - Books and Other Works

Books and Other Works

  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • Arc Light by Eric L. Harry
  • Berts vidare betraktelser — Anders Jacobsson and Sören Olsson (1990), features Bert travel with his family to New York City in July 1989, but fearing United States agents arriving to Öreskoga to prevent him from going to the USA, as he has fallen in love with Paulina, who's cousine Pavel has arrived to Sweden from Czechoslovakia (under Communist rule), and Bert has been talking to Pavel.
  • Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • "Good Morning Comrades" by Ondjaki, a novel about a young boy in Luanda, Angola and the end of the Cold War.
  • Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois
  • Twilight 2000, role-playing game.
  • Warday by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka
  • Red Storm Rising a 1986 novel by Tom Clancy, about a conventional NATO/Warsaw Pact war.
  • Other Tom Clancy novels which are part of the Jack Ryan universe, most especially The Hunt for Red October and Cardinal of the Kremlin, though all of his books from this era are featured against a background of East-West conflict.
  • The First Team by John Dudley Ball, 1973 — a story of United States capitulation to the USSR by a weak president and the group that overthrows the occupying government
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Spy vs. Spy
  • Frederick Forsyth's spy novels sold in the hundreds of thousands. The Fourth Protocol, whose title refers to a series of conventions that, if broken, will lead to nuclear war and that are now, of course, all broken except for the fourth and last thread, was made into a major film starring British actor Michael Caine. The point of such novels—like that of American movies of the 1950s and 1960s such as My Son John or Kiss Me Deadly—is to vilify the "enemy within", the treacherous peace movement activists, and simple Labour party voters who, by 1988 were marching against the Cold War.
  • The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon, took a different approach and portrayed a Communist conspiracy against the U.S.A acting not through leftists or pacifists but through a thinly veiled allusion to Joe McCarthy. The logic of this was that if McCarthyists were accusing so many people of being communist agents, it could only be to divert attention from the real communists. The theme of collusion between international communists and Western rightists would be picked up again by many movies (Goldfinger, A View To A Kill) or televisions shows (episodes of MacGyver or Airwolf), which would feature an alliance between power-hungry communists attacking the free world from without and profit-driven capitalists undermining it for financial gain.
  • Sacrifice by Graham Masterton
  • Masters of Deceit — a non-fiction work written by the FBI, through J. Edgar Hoover's office, extolling the vices of Communism, and the virtues of Americanism.
  • Glasnost radically changed Russian culture, as books that had been forbidden suddenly became available, and people were reading them all the time, everywhere.

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