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The Liberal State on Trial: The Cold War and American Politics in the Truman Years (Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History) Hardcover – November 10, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0231133562 ISBN-10: 0231133561 Edition: 1ST

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Bell makes a convincing case that will influence historians' interpretations of the political implications of the early Cold War... Recommended. All Academic levels.



Jonathan Bell has written a breakthrough book. Bell has done tremendous archival work to unravel the political meaning of state and local races across at least four election cycles: 1946, 1948, 1950, and 1952. Bell's enormous research and insightful feel for the politics of the first postwar decade give him the authority to recast for our time the essential insight that foreign policy--and in particular the liberal anti-communist internationalism that eventually came to dominate both parties--was a weapon used not only against external enemies but against that generation of social reformers who had sought to use the power of the modern state to organize the working class, ameliorate inequality, eliminate Jim Crow, and build a European-style welfare state. These were the stakes in 1948 and 1950, and they remain the stakes today, which is why Bell's book will have a wide audience and an enthusiastic reception. I cannot think of any book in the last decade that does more to explain the domestic side of the Cold War.

(Nelson Lichtenstein, author of State of the Union: A Century of American Labor)

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