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John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History (2005)

Gaddis uses previously classified and newly available documents to reassess the Cold War.

Uta Poiger, Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany (2000)

A history of government responses to citizens' listening to jazz and rock music in West and East Germany.

Timothy W. Ryback, Rock Around the Bloc: A History of Rock Music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, 1954-1988 (1990)

Ryback charts the history of furtive rock-listening clubs in the Soviet Union and the development of Soviet rock bands.

Reinhold Wagnleitner, Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria After the Second World War (1994)

A history of American cultural diplomacy programs in Austria, written by an Austrian scholar who grew up experiencing them.

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