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Cold war mind games

Martin Sixsmith explores the role of psychology in the Cold War, from paranoia and propaganda to unpredictable leaders 

Published: January 24, 2022 at 12:57 pm
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Martin Sixsmith speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book The War of Nerves, which explores the role of psychology in the Cold War, from propaganda and paranoia to a divided mindset and unpredictable decisions made by unstable leaders.


Martin Sixsmith is the author of The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind (Profile Books, 2021)


Ellie CawthornePodcast editor, HistoryExtra

Ellie Cawthorne is HistoryExtra’s podcast editor. She also contributes to BBC History Magazine, runs the podcast newsletter and hosts several live and virtual BBC History Magazine events.


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