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We can be friends (The Garland library of war and peace) Hardcover – 1971

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  • Series: The Garland library of war and peace
  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Pub., inc (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824002946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824002947
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,682,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mulligan on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was published in 1952 during the Korean War and was written while the author was in prison for concealing his Communist Party membership when he was a part of the OSS during World War II. The author shows through quotes from conservatives, such as Stimson, Summer Welles, and Herbert Hoover as well as liberals such as Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR's son Elliott that contrary, to popular belief, it was the U.S., not the Soviet Union, which started the Cold War.

Truman abandoned FDR's policy of maintaining big three unity in order to prevent war and adopted the "get tough with Russia" policies of conservatives such as Arthur Vandenburg, and Forrestal who had opposed FDR's foreign policy ideas.

The U.S. used the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to attempt to soften up the Soviets and get them to give into U.S. demands. Secretary of War Stimson proposed that the U.S. propose to the Soviet Union a nuclear disarmament proposal, but Truman rejected that approach and the U.S. proposed through the Baruch Plan, a U.S. dominated Commission that would control all fissionable materials and prevent any nation, especially the Soviet Union from breaking the U.S. nuclear monopoly.

Marzani, argues that the the hawks wanted a Cold War with the Soviet Union so that they could use the massive military budget resulting from the Cold War to shore up the economy and prevent another Depression as well as to attack radicals who want major reforms in the U.S. economy such as the proposals FDR made in his Second Bill of Rights Speech, made in 1944 calling for Universal Health Care, Full Employment, and an education and housing.
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