This atlas covers the whole span of the Cold War. Each map is simple yet able to convey a certain Cold War theme. The maps are viewer friendly and historical background is provided which helps place each map in history. This atlas focuses on all regions of the world rather than just the United States and the U.S.S.R., which makes it very unique. The reader truly gets a sense of the effect the Cold War had on all parts of the world, not just Europe or Asia, which makes this atlas truly invaluable.