SERIES: Stanford Nuclear Age Series. This book is a provocative, forcefully argued, and thoroughly documented reassessment of President Truman’s profound influence on .
SERIES: Stanford Nuclear Age Series. foreign policy and the Cold War. The author contends that throughout his presidency, Truman remained a parochial nationalist who lacked the vision and leadership to move the United States away from conflict and toward détente. Instead, he promoted an ideology and politics of Cold War confrontation that set the pattern for successor administrations. 9 people found this helpful.
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Arnold A. Offner (born September 6, 1937, Brooklyn) is an American historian, and Cornelia F. Hugel Professor . Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953 Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002. ISBN 9780804747745, OCLC 470193652. Hugel Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College . The Origins of the Second World War: American Foreign Policy and World Politics, 1917-1941, New York: Praeger Publishers, 1973. ISBN 9780894643200, OCLC 847437948.
Offner argues that Truman's unsophisticated, confrontational approach to statecraft made the Cold War longer, meaner, and more expensive than necessary. His Truman is a sometimes bigoted, often ill informed, and always inflexible leader who contrasts sharply with the man in David McCullough's Rockwellian portrayal.
Soviet rivalry because he lacked vision and leadership qualities necessary to facilitate détente and avoid needless conflict.
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Truman viewed the US as the world's trustee for atomic power, sided with Cabinet advisers who thought .
Truman viewed the US as the world's trustee for atomic power, sided with Cabinet advisers who thought America's technological genius assured its supremacy in an arms race, and proved as resistant in many ways as Joseph Stalin, who sought atomic parity, to international control of atomic energy. He is author of numerous books, including Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953 (Stanford University Press, 2002) and American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938 (Harvard University Press, 1969). He is currently writing a biography of Senator Hubert H Humphrey.
Offner's book is also more focused on Truman's own personal role. Offner does provide more on the creation of Israel, and the partition of Germany, though he says little about the cold war's consequences in Latin America, where the confrontational atmosphere helped cut short a brief liberal interlude.