Books: Back to Equilibrium

THE COLD WAR AS HISTORY by Louis J. Halle. 434 pages. Harper & Row. $6.95.

It may seem odd to put the cold war on a par with the Napoleonic Wars and the two World Wars. Where was its Jena, its Marne or its Stalingrad? But Louis Halle, a longtime State Department adviser under Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower, and lately a professor of international studies in Geneva, contends in this cool, dispassionate study that the cold war was every bit as climactic and dramatic a power struggle as those bloody predecessors. What's more,...

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