Bush and the Cold War: UNA Professor Discusses His New Book At Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Mar. 18, 2009


FLORENCE, Ala. – When did the Cold War end? Ask Dr. Chris Maynard, and he’ll offer insight you won’t find from most historians. You can hear his perspective this Sunday at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, where he will discuss his new book, “Out of the Shadow: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.” The event will begin at 2 p.m.

Maynard is a history professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at UNA.

In “Out of the Shadow,” Maynard argues against the common perception that the Cold War ended during Reagan’s presidency. He makes the case that “Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union,” according to the book synopsis. “In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush’s contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War.”

Maynard’s book, published by Texas A&M University Press, was released last fall.