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I enjoyed this book and what it conveys. It does a good job of showing the swirling political and military dance that existed in Europe between ‘45 and ‘63. The arguments written are often repeated with slight variation as I suspect working diplomacy to be guilty of as well. A large portion of the second half of this book is given to the proliferation or restriction of nuclear weaponry of Western European nations by the US and how the Soviets felt about that. Again I enjoyed it as I now understa...
Very informative read about the inner workings of US-USSR policies and strategies in the ending days of the second world war. Author himself (I had him as a professor at UCLA) has admitted to a small handfull (3 or 4 probably) of contradictions in his work...which is why I only give it four stars. Outside of this work the man could lecture for a week straight on just one chapter in this book.
History of great-power relations from 1945-1962, it's probably the best history of the early Cold War in Europe I've read.