From the Jacket Flap: "In 1945, nobody knew that by 1947 the United States and the Soviet Union, so recently allied against Hitler, would give a devastated world something called the Cold War. Nor did the term 'national security' mean anything to the public in 1945. By 1947, it did. How did the fundamental transformation of American life come about? What perceptions and misperceptions governed Kennan, Acheson, and Truman? What did the Soviet Union want and what was it capable of getting? How did the Pentagon, key sectors in the economy, and the universities mobilize and pursue shared interests? Was the American policy elite blind to a better road not taken? Thirty years ago, what kind of arguments were being advanced for a detente with the Russians?..."
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