TitleAbandoned Cold War Places
AuthorRobert Grenville
PublisherSterling Publishing (November 5, 2019)
ISBN# 10/131782749179 / 978-1782749172


Historian and author Robert Grenville lives in London, England.


Students of history, urban explorers, history buffs, and scholars will find this hardcover of interest.


Abandoned Cold War Places is a seminal work by Robert Grenville. He’s produced a simply magnificent coffee table book filled with over 180 pages of full color, high definition professional photographs. The images of long abandoned cold war locations are accompanied by a short descriptive text.

The post-war era spawned an arms race that created international tensions globally. As a result, there was vast investment in munitions and military resources. The situation continued from 1945-1991. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) subsequently became the Russian Federation. International tensions eased and the former cold war sites deteriorated; unloved and uncared for. As time passed, nature began to regenerate and reclaim the various landmarks. Historians, urban explorers and photographers embarked on quests to explore the former secret military sites. This is where Robert Grenville comes in to his own.

The authors pictorial work reveals the rigors wrought by the elements upon the former machines of war. The once pristine weapons are now forever tarnished and covered in flaking paint or rusted beyond recognition. However, they are still standing as a testimony to the futility of war.


Abandoned Cold War Places is the documentation of historic landmarks of the cold war era. Robert Grenville travelled the world compiling a photographic record of the discarded sites. His research depicts the devastation of these landmarks caused by 40 years of neglect. Ultimately, he’s created a photographic record of the insanity of war planning and all its ugly and disturbing guises.

I would have liked a little more information about the various locations, but overall it works as expected.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


I would like to thank Robert Grenville, NetGalley, and Sterling Publishing for affording me the opportunity to review Abandoned Cold War Places.

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