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This is primarily a history of the transition from FDR to Truman and the slow evolution of policy that ensued, ultimately leading to the rise of the Cold War. Miscamble explores policies, personalities and the inside maneuvering and influences of key advisers... it sounds dull, but it isn't. Perhaps the most affecting aspect is the treatment afforded to Stalin and the insistence on defining Stalin as a man of rational goals and peace, an ally in the trues sense of the word, despite ample evidenc...
Miscamble’s book provides excellent groundwork to Truman’s transitional foreign policy and the evolution of the Cold War. Miscamble delivers a diplomatic history that sets out to correct simplistic analyses that have placed fault for the Cold War solely with Truman’s policies. Miscamble argues such revisionist approaches are evidentially weak and composed of faulty hypotheses. He challenges histories that assert Truman, upon taking office, intentionally set about reversing Roosevelt’s diplomatic...
Way more detail on the Roosevelt to Truman transition that most people would want. But it had some interesting insights into the decision to drop the atomic bombs.
Father/Dr. Miscamble sets out to complicate the overly dichotomous characterizations of the Truman Presidency in this well written, albeit controversial book. Instead of viewing Truman's foreign policy as a reversal of his predecessor's (FDR)accommodationist style approach with the Soviet Union, Miscamble presents the reader with a thoughtful and optimistic man who used every means possible to continue the legacy of FDR. Miscamble claims that Truman was not the Cold Warrior many have depicted,