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A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954 Paperback – 28 Dec 2000


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'[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

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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.

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"How can we prepare for total war," Hanson Baldwin asked in 1947, "without becoming a 'garrison state' and destroying the very qualities and virtues and principles we originally set out to save?" Read the first page
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A well-documented look at the politics of national security 13 Oct 1999
By Laurence Malley (lmalley@channel1.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With a keen eye for historical significance, Kevin Hogan surveys the formation of the national security establishment in the Truman and Eisenhower years. A balanced account, this treatment emphasizes the human factor in the arduous negotiations and political conflicts which took place during the late 40's and 50's. A fresh look is taken at Truman, Eisenhower, and the lesser players at the time: Herbert Hoover, Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, and Sen. John F. Kennedy. Those not thoroughly familiar with the events of the period will be moved at the story of the nation's top admirals in brazen defiance of Pres. Truman, or the nervous collapse of Truman's beleaguered war secretary. Requires a moderate attention span, but political buffs should enjoy it a great deal.
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An interesting book that was a good choice for me and anyone else interested in history of this period of time.
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