'Arguing the Cold War' brings to life the passions, flawed visions and intense personal engagement that characterised Australian politics in the 1950s. Communist and Catholic activists recall what seemed to them a desperate struggle between liberty and tyranny, for the future of the labour movement and the security of the Australian people. Labor people remember their party tearing itself apart. Skilled historians explore some of the significant events and issues that scarred a generation and degraded our political culture with simplistic certitudes. As so many of our current public debates resemble school-yard squabbles, this book is a salutary reminder that politics can be about principles that matter.