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Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy (The New Cold War History) Hardcover – July 15, 2011

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The book is the winner of the Charles Smith Award, by the Southern Historical Association.

"Alessandro Brogi's impressively researched and convincingly argued book will furnish readers with a comparative dimension from the recent past for today's varieties of anti-Americanism. Confronting America is an extraordinary work of scholarship and deserves the highest praise."
--Richard Drake, University of Montana

"This is a genuine tour de force. Brogi shows brilliantly how the powerful Communist Parties of Italy and France threatened American hegemony in postwar Europe and how Washington tried to forge an integrated diplomatic, economic, and cultural response. America emerged victorious in the psychological cold war, however, as a result of spontaneous modernizing, democratic, and self-critical forces within itself."
--Irwin Wall, University of California, Riverside, and author of The United States and the Making of Postwar France, 1945-1954

"The struggle that emerged in Western Europe--specifically in France and Italy--with the onset of the Cold War is the subject of this sound and original analysis. Particularly striking is its demonstration of the vigor and efficiency of the communist propaganda operation."
--Charles Cogan, Harvard University

Brogi masterfully examines US efforts to counter influence of the French and Italian communist parties throughout the Cold War.
--Choice

Confronting America adds significantly to our understanding of Washingtons successful post-World War II policies in Western Europe and its ability to forge a Western alliance.
--David F. Schmitz, Journal of American History

Impressive. . . . A significant contribution to the historiography of the Cold War, and illustrates the possibilities of multi-archival research for U.S. foreign relations and international history.
--Cercles

One would be hard pressed to find a more suitable candidate than Alessandro Brogi to write a comparative account of the Cold War relationship(s) between France, Italy, and the United States. . . . [A] testimony to the fact that work in Western archives continues to bear rich fruit.
--Kaeten Mistry, University of East Anglia, H-Diplo Roundtable

An extremely rich survey of forty years of transatlantic relations, trespassing the limits of the Cold War and delving into cultural history, theories of modernization, patterns of Americanization and much more. . . . Insightful and very useful.
--Leopoldo Nuti, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, H-Diplo Roundtable

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Alessandro Brogi's impressively researched and convincingly argued book will furnish readers with a comparative dimension from the recent past for today's varieties of anti-Americanism. Confronting America is an extraordinary work of scholarship and deserves the highest praise.--Richard Drake, University of Montana

|The struggle that emerged in Western Europe--specifically in France and Italy--with the onset of the Cold War is the subject of this sound and original analysis. Particularly striking is its demonstration of the vigor and efficiency of the communist propaganda operation.--Charles Cogan, Harvard University

|This is a genuine tour de force. Brogi shows brilliantly how the powerful Communist Parties of Italy and France threatened American hegemony in postwar Europe and how Washington tried to forge an integrated diplomatic, economic, and cultural response. America emerged victorious in the psychological cold war, however, as a result of spontaneous modernizing, democratic, and self-critical forces within itself.--Irwin Wall, University of California, Riverside, and author of The United States and the Making of Postwar France, 1945–1954

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Product Details

  • Series: The New Cold War History
  • Hardcover: 533 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807834734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807834732
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By passeva on July 23, 2012
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"Confronting America" by Prof.Alessandro Brogi is a valuable study about a fundamental matter of the Cold War: the battle for the hearts and souls of the people of the west, fought by America and its allies against the hypocrisy of the Soviet Union and their fellow communist movements and parties, of whom the Italian and the French ones were the biggest, respectively.
Without any of the usual bias we can find in contemporary works (i.e. the last one of Prof.John Lamberton Harper, who, by his own admission "came to like the communists" during his stay in Bologna), "Confronting America" gives a fair and clear description of what was at stake in the period beetween the 1945 to 1980 and how and why the West eventually succeeded. This is a book that young generations should read in order to understand not only contemporary history better (which still influences their lives) but also some aspects of their own country, the US, that they seem to overlook and take for granted. A society open to dissent and confrontation has been much stronger than the russian burocratic monolith. When american students travel abroad they should bear in mind that after all their society is much more free than what they think, and it's with a book like this that they can realize how much similar and at the same time how different is Western Europe from America.
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