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Why the Hammer Never Fell: Examining the Cold War  

The Cold War lasted over four decades, spanned several generations and many world leaders. Its effects were felt throughout our society in everything from politics to popular culture. We will examine the events, technology, politics and people that brought us to the brink of destruction and back and continue to shape the world we live in today. Chris Szarek served in the US Navy for 20 years as a Seabee, retiring in 2009. After retirement, Chris earned a BA in communications, and an MBA from UW. He currently serves as the Director of Veterans Resource Center at Edmonds Community College. Chris has taught several CRI Courses over the past few years. He serves on a variety of boards in the community including the Edmonds Veterans Plaza Committee, The Heroes’ Café Committee, The Northwest Veterans Museum Board, and American Legion Post 234.