I find the Cold War to be one of the most fascinating periods in American history. There are three distinctive epochs in the 250 years the United States has existed: The American War for Independence and the original federal republic (1776-1861), Lincolnian America and the quest for national greatness (1861-1945), and the Cold War (1945-present). Everything we do today and how we conceptualize the general government has been built in large part by the Cold War. To this day, pop culture, domestic policy, foreign policy, and military policy all have ties to Cold War America. I explain in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.