The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War

The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War

by Benn Steil

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The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil

The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501102394
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 71,495
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Benn Steil is senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. His previous book, the prize-winning Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, was called “a triumph of economic and diplomatic history” by the Financial Times, “a superb history” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the gold standard on its subject” by The New York Times. He lives in New York with his wife and two boys.

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The Marshall Plan

  • American, British, and Soviet leaders gather at Potsdam to discuss the future of Germany and postwar Europe, July 17, 1945. Foreground: British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden (left) and Prime Minister Clement Attlee (right). Background: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (center) and Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (left).

  • Table of Contents

    Foreword xi

    1 Prologue 1

    2 Crisis 15

    3 Rupture 55

    4 Plan 85

    5 Trap 117

    6 Unity 147

    7 Persuasion 179

    8 Sausage 219

    9 Subversion 235

    10 Passage 247

    11 Showdown 265

    12 Division 301

    13 Success? 339

    14 Echoes 377

    Acknowledgments 405

    Cast of Characters 407

    Appendix A Truman Doctrine Speech 433

    Appendix B Marshall's Harvard Speech 441

    Appendix C Data 445

    Appendix D Maps 455

    References 461

    Notes 503

    Illustration Credits 579

    Index 583

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    Anonymous 9 months ago
    Excellent book outlining the way the US government try to stop communism from spreading in the Mediterranean and Midle east