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America's Cold War
by Campbell Craig and Fredrik Logevall
Harvard University Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-0-674-05367-0 | Cloth: 978-0-674-03553-9 | Paper: 978-0-674-06406-5
Library of Congress Classification E744.C825 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 909.82

In a brilliant new interpretation, Campbell Craig and Fredrik Logevall reexamine the successes and failures of America’s Cold War. The United States dealt effectively with the threats of Soviet predominance in Europe and of nuclear war in the early years of the conflict. But by engineering this policy, American leaders successfully paved the way for domestic actors and institutions with a vested interest in the struggle’s continuation. Long after the USSR had been effectively contained, Washington continued to wage a virulent Cold War that entailed a massive arms buildup, wars in Korea and Vietnam, the support of repressive regimes and counterinsurgencies, and a pronounced militarization of American political culture.

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