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The Most Influential People of the Cold War 

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The Cold War was a period of confrontation between the two superpowers of the world, the United States and the Soviet Union. During the war, which simmered from 1947 to 1991, the USA and the USSR used different methods and tactics to expand their own global influence and reduce the other's. The impact and effects of this 'war' -although not a violent one - continues to have repercussions well into the 21st Century. Many politicians and political leaders played roles in the Cold War, both from the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies) and the Eastern Bloc (including USA and members of NATO). Among them, which people were the most important?
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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 75 (1878-1953) from Gori, Georgia
2
Mikhail Gorbachev is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Age 88 from Privolnoye, Krasnogvardeysky District, Stavropol Krai
3
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004) from Tampico, Illinois, United States of America
4
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972) from Lamar, Missouri, United States of America
5
Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 77 (1894-1971) from Kalinovka, Russia
6
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) from USA, Massachussetts, Brookline
7
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969) from Denison, Texas, United States of America
8
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 83 (1893-1976) from Shaoshan, China
9
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Age 92 from Birán, Cuba
10
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994) from Yorba Linda, California, United States of America
11
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1880-1959) from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
12
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Age 95 from Fürth, Germany
13
Josip Broz Tito is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1892-1980) from Kumrovec, Croatia
14
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965) from Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom
15
Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969) from Kim Lien, Vietnam
16
Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 85 (1920-2005) from Wadowice, Poland
17
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1925-2013) from Eurasia, Grantham, United Kingdom, England
18
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973) from Stonewall, Texas, United States of America
19
Leonid Brezhnev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 76 (1906-1982) from Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine
20
Yuri Gagarin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 34 (1934-1968) from Eurasia, Klushino, Russia
21
Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 39 (1928-1967) from Rosario, Argentina
22
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012) from Ohio, United States of America
23
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Age 94 from Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
24
Konrad Adenauer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 91 (1876-1967) from Cologne, Germany
25
Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 84 (1880-1964) from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America