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Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War

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In the United States the Cold War shaped our political culture, our institutions, and our national priorities. Abroad, it influenced the destinies of people everywhere. It divided Europe, split Germany, and engulfed the Third World. It led to a feverish arms race and massive sales of military equipment to poor nations. For at least four decades it left the world in a chronic state of tension where a miscalculation could trigger nuclear holocaust.

Documents, oral histories, and memoirs illuminating the goals, motives, and fears of contemporary U.S. officials were already widely circulated and studied during the Cold War, but in the 1970s a massive declassification of documents from the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of Defense, and some intelligence agencies reinvigorated historical study of this war which became the definitive conflict of its time. While many historians used these records to explore specialized topics, this author marshals the considerable available evidence on behalf of an overall analysis of national security policy during the Truman years. To date, it is the most comprehensive history of that administration's progressive embroilment in the Cold War.

Synopsis:

This is the most comprehensive history to date of the Truman Administration's progressive embroilment in the cold war, and it presents a stunning new interpretation of U.S. national security policy during the formative stages of the Soviet-American rivalry. Illustrated with 15 halftones and 10 maps.

Synopsis:

This is the most comprehensive history to date of the Truman administration's progressive embroilment in the Cold War.

Synopsis:

“Magisterial . . . This book is without question a major achievement. It is a masterly work of synthesis, weaving together in a single coherent study the various and often contradictory trends in previous historical writing on the Cold Wars origins. It is indefatigably researched . . . and most important, it is an intellectually honest work. . . . A fine book.”—The Atlantic

“A brilliant new book. . . . An invaluable contribution.”—The Nation

About the Author

Melvyn P. Leffler is Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804722186
Author:
Leffler, Melvyn P.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Sherwin, Martin
Author:
Melvyn , Leffler
Author:
Leffler, Melvyn P.
Author:
Leffler, Melvyn
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Stanford Nuclear Age Series
Publication Date:
19930731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 half-tones 9 maps
Pages:
712
Dimensions:
9.51x6.62x1.78 in. 2.49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
This is the most comprehensive history to date of the Truman Administration's progressive embroilment in the cold war, and it presents a stunning new interpretation of U.S. national security policy during the formative stages of the Soviet-American rivalry. Illustrated with 15 halftones and 10 maps.
"Synopsis" by , This is the most comprehensive history to date of the Truman administration's progressive embroilment in the Cold War.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Magisterial . . . This book is without question a major achievement. It is a masterly work of synthesis, weaving together in a single coherent study the various and often contradictory trends in previous historical writing on the Cold Wars origins. It is indefatigably researched . . . and most important, it is an intellectually honest work. . . . A fine book.”—The Atlantic

“A brilliant new book. . . . An invaluable contribution.”—The Nation

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