Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American History since 1945 / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- McGraw-Hill Higher Education
This reader introduces students to controversies in American history since 1945. The issues discuss topics such as: was it necessary to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II; was Dwight Eisenhower a great president; and did the great society fail. Taking Sides actively develops critical thinking skills by requiring students to analyze opposing viewpoints and reach considered judgements. Visit our student Web site Dushkin Online (www.dushkin.com/online/) for additional support to this Taking Sides title.
Table of ContentsPART 1. American High: 1945-1963ISSUE 1. Was the United States Responsible for the Cold War? YES: Thomas G. Paterson, from Meeting the Communist Threat: Truman to Reagan NO: John Lewis Gaddis, from Russia, the Soviet Union, and the United States: An Interpretive History, 2d ed. ISSUE 2. Did Communism Threaten America's Internal Security After World War II? YES: John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, from Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America NO: Richard M. Fried, from Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective ISSUE 3. Should President Truman Have Fired General MacArthur? YES: John S. Spanier, from "The Politics of the Korean War", in Phil Williams, Donald M. Goldstein, and Henry L. Andrews, Jr., eds., Security in Korea: War, Stalemate, and Negotiation NO: D. Clayton James with Anne Sharp Wells, from Refighting the Last War: Command and Crisis in Korea, 1950-1953 ISSUE 4. Were the 1950s America's "Happy Days?'' (and more...)