Meeting the Communist Threat

Meeting the Communist Threat : Truman to Reagan

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These essays deal with some major subjects in American diplomacy since the war, including Truman's foreign policy, George F. Kennan and America's 'containment' policy, the Point Four Program and the developing world, the Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East, the Vietnam war, the CIA and Congressional Oversight of Intelligence, among others. Paterson takes the view that the US became locked in early on to a view of foreign policy based on combating the Communist menace, and so foreign policy was distorted by this overwhelming more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 136.1 x 204.2 x 17.5mm | 313.52g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195045327
  • 9780195045321

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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 more

About Thomas G. Paterson

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 more

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'Paterson approaches a number of issues from fresh angles and provides detailed documentation on topics which others have treated only in passing' Richard Crockatt, University of East Anglia, Journal of American Studies `Paterson traces United States alarmism to the 1930s when Hitler's rise convinced many influential Americans that all totalitarian states, including Stalin's Russia, were menaces to world peace ... Paterson also argues convincingly that unregenerate cold warriors such as President Truman, Dean Acheson and John Foster Dulles were not the only culprits.' New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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