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By Warren I. Cohen

This can be a chic and concise heritage of yankee international kin in the course of the chilly struggle period, in response to the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold conflict point of view. the entire significant international coverage matters, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the war of words to Asia, the center East, and in other places at the outer edge; wars in Korea and Vietnam; crises concerning the Taiwan Straits, Berlin, and Cuba; the increase and fall of detente; imperial overreach; and the serious roles of Reagan and Gorbachev within the Eighties are conscientiously analyzed and obviously defined.

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How could a people who had been promised that the United Nations would spare them further concern with world affairs be persuaded to make the sacrifices necessary for the United States to exercise leadership in once remote corners of the globe? An otherwise Herculean task was brought to manageable proportions as a result of an exceptionally wise appointment by Truman. In January 1947, George Marshall, denied the opportunity to retire after a frustrating year in China, replaced Byrnes as secretary of state.

When the Security Council of the United Nations met in its inaugural session in January 1946, the United States denounced the continued Soviet presence in Iran. When Soviet tanks menaced Tehran in March, the United States sent a sharp warning — and the Soviets pulled back. At war's end Moscow began to press Turkey for minor territorial adjustments and for a share in the control of the Dardanelles, the Soviets' only access to the Mediterranean. Truman, initially sympathetic to a Soviet role in the administration of the straits, reversed course as disagreeable Soviet behavior elsewhere raised doubts in his mind about Soviet intentions.

Roosevelt died and Harry S. Truman became the thirty-third president of the United States. Truman had few illusions about his knowledge of world affairs and understood full well how poorly Roosevelt had prepared him for the position. As the Third Reich crumbled before the combined forces of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, and as American forces in the Pacific positioned themselves to strike the fatal blow at the Japanese homeland, he, the onetime Kansas City haberdasher, would have to preside over victory; he would have to make the decisions necessary to gather the fruits of that victory and to preserve the peace that followed.

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