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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Originally published in 1993. The revised edition contains a new foreword and minor corrections. An account of how Truman and his top advisers systematically deceived Congress, the American public, and European nations into thinking the Soviet Union was about to launch World War III with an invasion of Western Europe. Draws on previously classified records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The 16-page bibliography includes manuscripts, government documents, and oral histories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312123291
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Kofsky is Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: The Truth Was Expendable 1
2 Crash Landing 11
3 Takeoff Aborted 47
4 War Games (I): Setting the Stage 83
5 War Games (II): Attacking the Foe 123
6 The Fruits of Victory 169
7 A Worm in the Apple: The Peace Scare of May 1948 215
8 Conclusions: Of Presidents and Precedents 233
Appendix A: Estimating Soviet Intentions and Capabilities, 1947-1948 271
Appendix B: On "Conspiracy Theories" in Fact and Fancy 301
Notes 309
Selected Bibliography 371
Index 387
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    What HOOEY!

    Inconsistent with other facts already known and proven. Also, it wasn't in Truman's personality to deceive on such a large scale. Do not waste your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    THis is awesome

    It is outstanding book for kids for there book reports.No more 'I cant find this or that.'Problem solved with this book!!!

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