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Os 10 melhores livros sobre a Guerra Fria?

Listas sempre são polêmicas… Eu penso que mesmo as que tentam definir os melhores livros sobre algum tema, entretanto, merecem ser checadas…

Uma lista do The Guardian dos dez melhores livros sobre a Guerra Fria

  1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  2. The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
  3. HMSO Civil Defence Handbook No 10 (1963): Advising the Householder on Protection Against Nuclear Attack
  4. When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
  5. The Secret State: Preparing for the Worst 1945-2010 by Peter Hennessy
  6.  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
  7. The Book of Daniel by EL Doctorow
  8. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  9. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  10. On the Beach by Nevil Shute

What do you think of when you think of the cold war? The answer may depend on how old you are. For the young, it is history; for the elderly it is one of the times they endured in a whole century of extraordinary violence and upheaval; for the generations in between it’s a bit of both. But for almost everyone of any age, the cold war seems in retrospect somewhat nebulous: a war without a clearly defined beginning or end, when much of the action was clandestine and the ground rules were obscure; a war of mist and fog, perhaps.

That makes it an especially interesting war from the point of view of a writer. My novel, The Long Room, is set in 1981, a time when it may have seemed that the gravest dangers of the war had already been averted, but which was still pervaded by a constant level of anxiety. As we now know, that anxiety was justified; as late as 1983, the Soviet leadership mistook a routine Nato exercise as cover for imminent nuclear attack.

Mutual misapprehension, fear, mistrust, the near-impossibility of telling reality from illusion – the features of that time make it the perfect setting for a novel that is about espionage but also about isolation and obsessive love. How lucky we are that the world survived the cold war and can afford to let it become history and fictive backdrop.

Dozens of books could have made this list. I have chosen some that seem to me to give a strong sense of what it felt like to be living through the cold war and of the fears that people had.

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Source: Top 10 books about the cold war

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