I went OT on another thread....but I am reading a book that cold war history buffs might enjoy. I think it's out of print, but I found it used online.
It is Red Horizons
and it is about the Ceausecscu regime of Romania in the 1980s. It's fascinating and a part of that history that I did not know.
It's written by Lt General Ion Mihai Pacepa who was the head of Romanian intel at that time.
My OT comments had to do with Iraq and there is some of the history of the actions of Iraq during that period, although that is not the subject of the book.http://www.amazon.com/Red-Horizons-Ceausescus-Lifestyle-Corruption/dp/0895267462
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....
Alexis de Tocqueville