The World War II aftermath created a bipolar world led by two competing superpowers: The US and the USSR, and hauled the global equity of power. This international competition is called the “Cold War.”

The United States and the Soviet Union fought as allies against the Axis powers during World War II. However, the relationship between these two nations was a tense one. Americans had long been prudent of Soviet communism and distressed about Russian leader Joseph Stalin’s tyrannical rule of his country. On the other hand, the Soviets resented the Americans’ years-long refusal to treat the USSR as a lawful part of the international community and their late entry into World War II, resulting in millions of Russians’ deaths. After the war ended, these atrocities ripened into an overwhelming sense of mutual hostility and distrust.  

What was the “Cold War?”

The destruction of World War II lessened many European cities to rubble. It also led global leaders to seek new ways to protect against future attacks. While the US and the Soviet Union had allied to defeat the Axis powers, their partnership quickly turned into a 50-year-long confrontation. They conflicted about how to rebuild Europe, and their attempts to expand their security often clashed. This fierce clash is called the “Cold War” since the two superpowers never directly plighted in combat or “hot war.” Instead, they tried to expand their global influence, increased their military capabilities, and undermined others’ way of life in the eyes of the world. While the US believed in a capitalist system of multiple political parties and free markets, the Soviet Union was structured on a communist system controlled by a single political party and a centralized state. 

Three key features defined the Cold War:

  • The threat of nuclear war
  • Competition over the allegiance (loyalty) of newly independent nations
  • The military and economic support of each other’s enemies worldwide 

About The Book: Agent 49

Dive into the Cold war story on agent 49 books by Gerald Brence. Agent 49 is a historical fiction story about one of the greatest crimes in American history. The book chronicles the illegal passing of the Atomic Bomb blueprint from the United States to the Soviet Union, a glimpse of the Cold war story on agent 49 books by Gerald Brence.

The story starts when the government recruits Master Thief to spy on a plot to commit one of the greatest crimes in the 1940s. Billy Hathaway was just another thrill-seeking young man until he was involved in a drunken Saturday night brawl. After being thrown in jail, he is recruited by the government. His assignment is to watch a young scientist named Ted Hall working on the Manhattan Project. Eventually, Billy becomes a reluctant witness to the passing of the atomic bomb blueprint to Russia.

About The Author

Gerald Brence has written two amazingly other books aside from Agent 49. Ox in the Culvert is historical fiction about a disgraced Texas Ranger who guards a stagecoach on a treacherous journey to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush.

Old Money is a tale about three young boys who take on the town bully. As they grow older, the paths they take put a strain on their relationships. What was fun and games as kids became life and death as adults? 

Brence taught high school English for nine years. During that time, much of his focus centered on teaching high school students many classic American novels. He became the head football coach at Plano Senior High School for 16 years. The Wildcats won the Texas 5A State Championship in 1994. Brence was named the Texas Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2005. He is the District Athletic Director for the Plano Independent School District. He resides in Plano, Texas, with his wife, Elizabeth.