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From Roosevelt to Truman – Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War

By: Wilson D Miscamble (408/35880)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9780521728584

Praise for From Roosevelt to Truman:

“This sane, brisk, and seasoned work refutes revisionists’ accusations that Harry Truman plunged the United States into a cold war FDR would have avoided. Truman instead did his best to extend the legacy he inherited, then improved on it when he jettisoned FDR’s ‘supine’ trust of Stalin. The result was a diplomatic revolution that led eventually to victory in the Cold War. At times, Miscamble takes no prisoners in dismissing revisionist indictments of Truman, but those who resist his analysis – especially of the bombing of Hiroshima – will find it difficult to evade the conclusions he reaches in this superbly written and unshakably candid reassessment of the American path to the Cold War.”

- Robert L. Beisner, author of Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War and Professor Emeritus of History, American University.

“With all that’s been written about the early Cold War, one might think that there’s be little new to say about the Roosevelt-Truman transition. Bill Miscamble shows this is not the case. His thoughtful and thoroughly researched book makes us see this familiar topic from a fresh point of view, so much so that despite knowing the outcome I found it difficult to put down. I know of no keener analysis of the issues involved, and no sharper portrait of the personalities who had to deal with them.”

- John Leis Gaddis, Yale University

July 2008


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