The Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953

The Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953

Robert Dallek

Language: English

Pages: 307

ISBN: 0061628662

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"Robert Dallek brings to this majestic work a profound understanding of history, a deep engagement in foreign policy, and a lifetime of studying leadership. The story of what went wrong during the postwar period…has never been more intelligently explored." —Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Team of Rivals

Robert Dalleck follows his bestselling Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 with this masterful account of the crucial period that shaped the postwar world. As the Obama Administration struggles to define its strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Dallek's critical and compelling look at Truman, Churchill, Stalin, and other world leaders in the wake of World War II not only offers important historical perspective but provides timely insight on America's course into the future.

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national leaders have always justified war by invoking the nobility of patriotic sacrifice, they have also made the case for war as a prerequisite for lasting peace. How many in the aggressor nations in 1914 or 1939, however, especially the mass of Germans who rallied to Adolf Hitler’s marching orders, would have chosen war if they knew what costs in suffering these conflicts would produce without the promised respite from bloodshed? The horrors of the years between 1914 and 1945 undermined the

massive defense spending to rebuild the German army and develop an air force, combined with a series of foreign policy successes to make Hitler almost universally popular at home and feared abroad. The occupation of the Rhineland in 1935, the triumph at Munich in September 1938, when the British and French governments acquiesced in Hitler’s demands for return of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia, the lightning victory over Poland in 1939, and the conquest of Western Europe, with the stunning

the most optimistic expectations of anyone,” equivalent to fifteen to twenty thousand tons of TNT, at a conservative estimate, he wrote, with “tremendous blast effects … a lighting effect … equal to several suns in midday … a blind woman saw the light … a huge ball of fire … mushroomed and rose to a height of over ten thousand feet … light from the explosion was seen … to about 180 miles away”; a window was broken 125 miles from the blast; a seventy-foot steel tower, the equivalent of a six-story

imitations of Indian war cries. He privately belittled Mao Tse-tung and Chou En-lai, calling them “Moose Dung and Joe N. Lie.” He initially believed that a coalition was Chiang’s best hope for survival, but after Chiang convinced him otherwise, he became a forceful advocate of preserving Chiang’s rule on Chiang’s terms. In 1945, when Hurley’s embassy subordinates urged the need for a coalition if the Communists were not to take over China after a civil war, Hurley denounced them as “disloyal to

Greece had added to the growing siege mentality in the United States, Truman felt compelled to establish the Federal Employee Loyalty Program. Whatever its political necessity to keep accusations of White House indifference to the Communist threat to a minimum, it facilitated unproductive investigations of some 3 million federal workers: although 212 employees charged with questionable loyalty would be forced to resign, not a single one was ever “indicted and no evidence of espionage would be

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