In the devil we knew brands provides a witty perceptive history of the american experience of the cold war from trumans creation of the cia to ronald reagans creation of sdi brands has written a number of highly regarded works on america in the twentieth century here he puts his experience to work in a volume of impeccable scholarship . The devil we knew has 74 ratings and 10 reviews yvonne said one of my favorite historians i really enjoy his wit and approach to the cold war one of . The devil we knew should firmly establish his reputation at least among his professional peers as one of the best and certainly one of the most prolific young historians of the post war period his work shows evidence of many hours spent in the archives. But by then the cold war had long since blinded americans to the ironies of their battle against communism in the devil we knew brands provides a witty perceptive history of the american experience of the cold war from trumans creation of the cia to ronald reagans creation of sdi. In one of his most effective images brand writes in a stunningly short period gorbachev deprived americans of the only major enemy most of them had ever known and like the half of a two person tug of war who unwarningly lets go he threw americas cold war apparatus abruptly o balance
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