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The Resource The lost peace : leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953, Robert Dallek

The lost peace : leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953, Robert Dallek

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The lost peace : leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953
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The lost peace
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leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953
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Robert Dallek
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eng
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  • After WWII, the most destructive war in history, everyone yearned for a better world. Veteran historian Dallek (Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power) delivers a shrewd analysis of why world leaders failed to deliver it. Reviewing postwar crises--Soviet occupation of eastern Europe, the creation of Israel, India's independence, France's occupation of Indochina, China's civil war, the Korean War--Dallek sadly concludes that the Allies misread history, eschewing anything that smacked of appeasement, treating opponents, mostly the U.S.S.R., as they should have treated Hitler. Without attempting to rehabilitate Stalin, Dallek asserts that Western leaders managed to push all his paranoid buttons. Notwithstanding their conviction that he aimed to conquer the world, Stalin was no apostle of world revolution but a conventional nationalist obsessed with protecting Russia's borders and maintaining his own power. Despite repeated painful experiences and immense expense, traditional, pugnacious power politics proved irresistible (except, ironically, to WWII's losers, Germany and Japan), Dallek concludes in this perceptive work. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 20, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 37, p)
  • A well-reasoned examination of the poor decisions made by post–World War II world leaders. American historian Dallek (Harry S. Truman, 2008, etc.) frames the narrative around the fatal premise, shared by the best minds of the day, that war was justified in order to create a lasting peace. He considers the decisive, ultimately illusory military decisions of the mid '40s to early '50s, including the fraught meetings of war leaders Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill at Tehran and Yalta, which essentially created Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe; Truman's go-ahead to drop two atomic bombs on Japan, which only threatened the paranoid Soviet leader and diverted precious resources needed in rebuilding his country into matching America's atomic power; and the subsequent tit-for-tat played out between the two superpowers in the Persian Gulf, Eastern Europe, Iran, Korea and China. Despite the initial exhaustion instilled by total world war and the sense of "hope for a reformed world" engendered by the establishment of the United Nations and the prospects of the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan, the United States grew wary of Communist aggression, both Soviet and Chinese, and fearful of the prospect of nuclear attack. Dallek characterizes the prevailing mood through the late '40s as a "triumph of fear." Grandiose speeches by both Stalin and Churchill, each seizing on the epic confrontation between Marxism and capitalism, only fueled the fire. Nixon and Kennedy rode early congressional success on anti-communist platforms, and Truman was reelected largely on his firm stance in containing communism. The Soviet crackdown on Czechoslovakia and Berlin blockade, espionage rings and McCarthyism, the Korean War, French rule in Indochina and Ho Chi Minh's victory in Vietnam—all prompted "wretched acts of leadership." Dallek briefly touches on them and many others, providing a cautionary lesson in the mistakes of the past and an attempt to extract a "model of rational behavior" for the future. A sage scholarly study.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2010)
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Dallek, Robert
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909.82/4
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index present
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non fiction
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  • World politics
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Cold War
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leadership in a time of horror and hope
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The lost peace : leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953, Robert Dallek
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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790345
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24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780061628665
Lccn
2010005727
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780061628665
  • (OCoLC)511631852
Label
The lost peace : leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953, Robert Dallek
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
790345
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780061628665
Lccn
2010005727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061628665
  • (OCoLC)511631852

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