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List of the best books about the Cold War, including jacket cover images when available, voted on by fans of the Cold War nonfiction genre. All these popular books on the Cold War are ranked by votes, so the top Cold War books are at the top of the list. The Cold War is a term that encompasses the long post-WW2 struggle between communist (USSR, China) and democratic (USA, Europe) world powers, and thus is not a definitive event in world history, which means this list is going to be slightly fuzzy in what should or shouldn't be included. So feel free to add historical overviews of the Cold War era etc if you think they are deserving of this list. 

This well-researched Cold War bibliography includes out-of-print titles. If you're knowledgable about the Cold War then please vote on the top Cold War nonfiction titles you have read. If you are new to the topic, you should be able to answer the question, "What are the best books about Cold War?" after checking out this list.  Most of these Cold War books - whether in-print or out of print - can be bought on Amazon with one easy click.

Many great authors have written books about Cold War, including Tom Clancy and Eric Ambler.

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The Cold War: A New History is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The Cold War: A New History John Lewis Gaddis

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Inside the Soviet Army is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Inside the Soviet Army Viktor Suvorov

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Architects of Victory: Six Her... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Tales from Spandau: Nazi Crimi... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Another Such Victory: Presiden... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Reagan's War: The Epic Story o... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB O... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Command and Control: Nuclear W... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage Annette Lawrence Drew, Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew

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Ghost Wars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Ghost Wars Steve Coll

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The United States and the Orig... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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The Devil We Knew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The Devil We Knew H. W. Brands

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Red Army is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Red Army Ralph Peters

The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The Fall of the Berlin Wall William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Edward Lansdale: The Unquiet A... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Judgment on Deltchev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Judgment on Deltchev Eric Ambler

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The First Directorate: My 32 Y... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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George F. Kennan: An American ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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The great transition is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The great transition John W. Dower, Raymond L. Garthoff

The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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The Cold War and the United St... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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One Nation Underground: The Fa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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We now know is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
We now know John Lewis Gaddis

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Little America is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Little America Rob Swigart, Henry Bromell

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Legacy of Ashes: The History o... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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The Draining Lake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The Draining Lake Arnaldur IndriĆ°ason

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From the Shadows: The Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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A Shade of Difference is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
A Shade of Difference Allen Drury

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The Main Enemy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The Main Enemy James Risen

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Memoirs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Memoirs Harry S. Truman

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The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espio... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Bay of Pigs Declassified: The ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Bitter Fruit is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Bitter Fruit Stephen Kinzer

The Best Movies Based on Short Stories

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Craft of Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Craft of Intelligence Allen Dulles

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Britain, Southeast Asia and th... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Crisis and crossfire: The Unit... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Advise and Consent: A Novel of... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Strategies of containment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Strategies of containment John Lewis Gaddis

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Gentleman Spy: The Life of All... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

The Most Beautiful Full-Figured Women on Earth

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All the Shah's Men is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
All the Shah's Men Stephen Kinzer

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The CIA and the Cult of Intell... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Harry S. Truman and the war sc... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Fail-Safe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Fail-Safe Harvey Wheeler, Eugene Burdick

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The secret state is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
The secret state Peter Hennessy

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Episodes of the Cuban Revoluti... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War

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Brixmis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Brixmis Tony Geraghty

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Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books About The Cold War
Vietnam Stanley Karnow