“What was the Cold War? Masuda Hajimu argues that it was more than an international confrontation between West and East blocs. It was also a social mechanism of purity and ordering at home, in the chaotic post-WWII world.”

“Overall, Masuda has written an innovative, ambitious, and immensely valuable study. […]. There is no doubt of Masuda’s overall achievement. This is a superb work that bridges international and social history, underpinned by highly impressive research, to make arguments of real importance for our understanding of the Cold War.” -Rana Mitter