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This provocative volume, written by the distinguished diplomatic historian Thomas G. Paterson, explores why and how Americans have perceived and exaggerated the Communist threat in the last half century. Basing his spirited analysis on research in private papers, government archives, oral<br>histories, contemporary writings, and scholarly works, Paterson explains the origins and evolution of United States global intervention. Deftly exploring the ideas and programs of Truman, Kennan, Eisenhower, Dulles, Kennedy, Nixon, Kissinger, and Reagan, as well as the views of dissenters from the<br>prevailing Cold War mentality, Paterson reveals the tenacity of American thinking about threats from abroad. He recaptures the tumult of the last several decades by treating a wide range of topics, including post-war turmoil in Western Europe, Mao's rise in China, the Suez Canal, the Cuban missile<br>crisis, the Vietnam War, CIA covert actions, and Central America.<br> Paterson's vivid account of America's Cold War policies argues that, while Americans did not invent the Communist threat, they have certainly exaggerated it, nurturing a trenchant anti-communism that has had a devastating effect on international relations and American institutions.

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This volume contains a series of essays on major subjects in American diplomacy since World War II. The author takes the view that US foreign policy has been distorted by the overriding importance given to combating the Communist threat.

Synopsis:

This provocative volume, written by the distinguished diplomatic historian Thomas G. Paterson, explores why and how Americans have perceived and exaggerated the Communist threat in the last half century. Basing his spirited analysis on research in private papers, government archives, oral histories, contemporary writings, and scholarly works, Paterson explains the origins and evolution of United States global intervention. Deftly exploring the ideas and programs of Truman, Kennan, Eisenhower, Dulles, Kennedy, Nixon, Kissinger, and Reagan, as well as the views of dissenters from the prevailing Cold War mentality, Paterson reveals the tenacity of American thinking about threats from abroad. He recaptures the tumult of the last several decades by treating a wide range of topics, including post-war turmoil in Western Europe, Mao's rise in China, the Suez Canal, the Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, CIA covert actions, and Central America.

Paterson's vivid account of America's Cold War policies argues that, while Americans did not invent the Communist threat, they have certainly exaggerated it, nurturing a trenchant anti-communism that has had a devastating effect on international relations and American institutions.

Synopsis:

This compelling volume, written by the distinguished diplomatic historian Thomas G. Paterson, examines why and how Americans have perceived and exaggerated the Communist threat in the last half century.

About the Author

Thomas G. Paterson is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is a past President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, author of several books, including Soviet-American Confrontation and On Every Front, and editor of Kennedy's Quest for Victory.

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ISBN:
9780195045321
Author:
Patterson, Thomas G.
Author:
Paterson, Thomas G.
Author:
null, Thomas G.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 fig.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.04x5.36x.69 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195045321 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This volume contains a series of essays on major subjects in American diplomacy since World War II. The author takes the view that US foreign policy has been distorted by the overriding importance given to combating the Communist threat.
"Synopsis" by , This provocative volume, written by the distinguished diplomatic historian Thomas G. Paterson, explores why and how Americans have perceived and exaggerated the Communist threat in the last half century. Basing his spirited analysis on research in private papers, government archives, oral histories, contemporary writings, and scholarly works, Paterson explains the origins and evolution of United States global intervention. Deftly exploring the ideas and programs of Truman, Kennan, Eisenhower, Dulles, Kennedy, Nixon, Kissinger, and Reagan, as well as the views of dissenters from the prevailing Cold War mentality, Paterson reveals the tenacity of American thinking about threats from abroad. He recaptures the tumult of the last several decades by treating a wide range of topics, including post-war turmoil in Western Europe, Mao's rise in China, the Suez Canal, the Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, CIA covert actions, and Central America.

Paterson's vivid account of America's Cold War policies argues that, while Americans did not invent the Communist threat, they have certainly exaggerated it, nurturing a trenchant anti-communism that has had a devastating effect on international relations and American institutions.

"Synopsis" by , This compelling volume, written by the distinguished diplomatic historian Thomas G. Paterson, examines why and how Americans have perceived and exaggerated the Communist threat in the last half century.

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