Marked by world wars, the Holocaust, and violent conflicts everywhere, the 20th century was the most explosive and destructive in history. Kantowicz offers a readable chronicle of people, events, and ideas. In this volume of the narrative history of the twentieth century. The author explores the landmark events that shaped the planet after World War II. Noting that this period dominated by two global events - the superpower Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and the revolt against imperialism in Africa, Asia, and Latin America -- Kantowicz shows how the trajectories of each have driven nations apart while, at the same time, also creating political and regional alliances for bringing the world closer togehter. Providing compelling, often disconcerting reading this volume helps make sense of what is happening in the world today by considering the important lessons of our recent past.