'[A] truly outstanding piece of original research, synthesis, and interpretation … a major contribution to the field and a 'must' read for all US historians' American Historical Review
'Hogan's fine book drives home the point that the overall impact of the national security state was, in dollar terms and enlargement of federal power, far greater that the effect of social programs … Easily the most comprehensive and conceptually innovative study of the institutionalization of the cold war.' The Boston Book Review
'The author succeeds brilliantly in demonstrating the impact of political culture on the formation of a new American state fundamentally different from that which existed before.' Foreign Affairs
'Hogan's powerful, neo-Bryanite message shines through in the end: tough talk by American leaders led to big expenditure, and 'humanity was sacrificed on a cross of iron'.' Journal of American History
This title provides a comprehensive account of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. President Harry S. Truman and his successor contested the nation's political identity and postwar purpose, and determined the size and shape of the resultant national security state.