Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation / Edition 1

Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation / Edition 1

by Frank Kofsky, Harry S. Truman
     
 

Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948 reveals how during the first half of 1948, Truman and the two most important members of his cabinet, Marshall and Forrestal, systematically deceived Congress and the public into thinking that the U.S.S.R. was about to launch World War III with an invasion of Western Europe. As Professor Kofsky demonstrates, however,

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Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948 reveals how during the first half of 1948, Truman and the two most important members of his cabinet, Marshall and Forrestal, systematically deceived Congress and the public into thinking that the U.S.S.R. was about to launch World War III with an invasion of Western Europe. As Professor Kofsky demonstrates, however, virtually every intelligence report coming into Washington - from military and civilian sources alike - asserted the exact opposite: that the Soviets were far too exhausted from battling the Nazis even to think about undertaking such an attack. By making use of previously classified records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Kofsky shows that Truman and his associates were willing to lie to the country in order to push through their foreign policy program, inaugurate a huge military buildup, and bail out the near-bankrupt aircraft industry. The lack of scruple with which high-ranking members of the Truman administration misrepresented Soviet intentions and the profoundly damaging repercussions of Truman's duplicity are just two of the many important subjects that Kofsky treats in this disturbing and engrossing book. It will force us to see both the Cold War and Truman in a new light.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312123291
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1Introduction: The Truth Was Expendable1
2Crash Landing11
3Takeoff Aborted47
4War Games (I): Setting the Stage83
5War Games (II): Attacking the Foe123
6The Fruits of Victory169
7A Worm in the Apple: The Peace Scare of May 1948215
8Conclusions: Of Presidents and Precedents233
Appendix A: Estimating Soviet Intentions and Capabilities, 1947-1948271
Appendix B: On "Conspiracy Theories" in Fact and Fancy301
Notes309
Selected Bibliography371
Index387

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