This book bridges the gap between the simultaneously unfolding histories of postcoloniality and the forty-five-year ideological
and geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Not only did the superpowers rely upon the decolonizing world to
further imperial agendas, but the postcolony itself was shaped, epistemologically and materially, by Cold War discourses,
policies, narratives, and paradigms. Ruptures and appropriated trajectories in the postcolonial world can be attributed to
the ways in which the Cold War became the afterlife of European colonialism. Through a speculative assemblage, this book connects
the dots, deftly taking the reader from Frantz Fanon to Aaron Swartz, and from assassinations in the Third World to American
multiculturalism. Whether the Cold War subverted the dream of decolonization or created a compromised cultural sphere, this
book makes those rich palimpsests visible.