The application promises 45 years of Cold War history summarized in 60 minutes of reading including coverage of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Space Race.
According to the developers, the application is targeted at commuters, students and the curious who want to learn the facts and context about the Cold War but don’t have much time.
Rupert Colley, author and founder of History in an Hour, established the series after he built an impressive but largely unread library of history books. Colley spotted a gap in the market for an introductory but straight narrative that could capture the essence of a subject with comparatively little effort.
“Many people want an introduction to different periods of history, but don’t always have time to read daunting books of 600 pages with 35 page introductions.” The author hopes the History in an Hour guides will help inspire readers to explore a range of important historical efforts further.
Available from the Apple iTunes App Store, The Cold War In An Hour costs $5 and requires the iPhone 3.0 software or later.
A series of History in an Hour e-books are also available from historyinanhour.com, along with a selection of free sample chapters. Titles include The Second World War in an Hour, and Nazi Germany in an Hour, which will also be developed for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.