Harry S. Truman and the Cold War Revisionists

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Widely acknowledged as today’s foremost Truman scholar, Ferrell turns the tables on the revisionists in this collection of classic essays. He goes below the surface appearances of history to examine how situations actually developed and how Truman performed sensibly—even courageously—in the face of unforeseen crises. What emerges most vividly from Ferrell’s essays is a sense of how weak a hand the United States held from 1945 to1950, with its conventional forces depleted by the return of veterans to civil pursuits after the war and with its capacity for delivery of nuclear weapons in a sorry state. Ferrell argues that the revisionists who attacked Truman understood neither the times nor the man—one of the most clearheaded, farsighted presidents ever to occupy the Oval Office.
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“Ferrell’s disagreements with the revisionists are only part of the story he tells. An equally important [aspect of the book] is his critique of American military policy from 1946 to 1950. . . . [This new work from him] testifies to his enthusiasm for research and his ability and willingness to put his ideas forward clearly, sometimes rather colorfully, and often quite forcefully.”—Richard S. Kirkendall, editor of Harry’s Farewell: Interpreting and Teaching the Truman Presidency

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826216533
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Ferrell is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Presidential Leadership: From Woodrow Wilson to Harry S. Truman; Harry S. Truman: A Life; and
Five Days in October: The Lost Battalion of World War I, all available from the University of Missouri Press. Ferrell resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

1 Revisionism 1
2 The bomb - the view from Washington 37
3 Diplomacy without armaments 44
4 Nato 63
5 Truman and Korea 85
6 Historians on Truman 99
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