John Le Carré: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (2939 words)


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At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), the divergent ideologies of the Western Bloc nations (primarily the U.S. and its NATO allies) and the Eastern Bloc alliance (primarily the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]) erupted into a Cold War that not only separated the Western and Eastern Blocs but also led to martial law, strategies of global containment, security dilemmas, excessive military build-ups, and “an ever-deepening whirlpool of distrust” (Gaddis, 27). The Western Bloc, led by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, sought cooperation to shape a postwar settlement that would ensure a lasting peace and would spread democracy. However, Soviet Premier Joseph …

Citation: Beene, LynnDianne. "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2018 [, accessed 24 September 2020.]

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