Extensively rewritten, it examines the Cold War in the light of new information that has come out since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Ralph B. Levering is professor of history at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. He also taught at George Mason University, Western Maryland College, and Earlham College. He received his advanced degrees from Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including American Opinion and the Russian Alliance, 1939-1945 (1976); The Public and American Foreign Policy, 1918-1978 (1978); The Kennedy Crisis: The Press, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy (1983); Citizen Action for Global Change: The Neptune Group and Law of the Sea (1999); and Debating the Origins of The Cold War (2002 ). He also has been elected to the governing councils of the Peace History Society and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and has served as a teaching consultant for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. A teacher first and foremost, he has taught twenty different courses covering U.S. history from colonial times to present, with emphasis on U.S. foreign policy and twentieth-century America. Because of his love for teaching, he is most proud of being voted "best teacher" by members of the senior class at Western Maryland College.