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Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation Paperback – January 15, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

Kofsky, a history professor at California State University, unconvincingly argues that President Harry Truman, in collusion with Secretary of State George Marshall and Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal, fabricated the Soviet Union's perceived military aggressiveness towards the West. According to Kofsky, this trumped-up "war scare" was a great success for the Truman administration, for it frightened Congress into approving the Marshall Plan, saved the U.S. aviation industry from bankruptcy and brought about a quantum leap in defense spending. Truman deserves condemnation, the author maintains, for establishing a permanent war economy "that now serves primarily to accelerate the rate at which the quality of life in the United States declines." Kofsky's perspective on the origins of the Cold War is questionable in its ready condemnations of Truman and explanations of U.S.
U.S.S.R. relations under Stalin.
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Kofsky (history, California State Univ. at Sacramento) has a reputation for possessing a heavy-handed, pedantic style (as seen in Black Nationalism and the Revolu tion in Music , LJ 6/1/71, and Lenny Bruce: The Comedian as Social Critic , LJ 11/15/74). The same approach weighs down his latest work. Kofsky shows evidence of thorough research but is never able to convince the reader of his belief that the events of the spring of 1948 are historically important and relevant to understanding the Truman presidency. Rather, he buries the reader with acerbic one-liners and countless narrow points of facts to back his argument. The work is particularly disappointing coming on the heels of David McCullough's Truman ( LJ 6/1/92). Kofsky has missed an opportunity to connect with a growing audience of Truman enthusiasts on both a scholarly and popular level. Not recommended.
- Robert Favini, Bentley Coll. Lib., Wal tham, Mass.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st Paperback ed edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312123299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312123291
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantastic survey on the industrial and political conditions of the arms race of the 50's and the 60's. At the end, US and the Allies dictated the way the Soviets armed themselves, at the expense of world security and peace.
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The bibliography and annotations should make this a keeper, as it has become for me. Although I disagreed with the late Dr. Kofsky about the fundamental potential of the species H. sapiens (and thus remained a political opposite, far, far to his right), as his student I continue to marvel at his research a decade after his untimely death. I must concede that it has sadly gone to waste a bit in the text of this book--though good, it's not at all special in the company of its peers. I must also agree that its tendency toward Marxist religious banter (which must inherently replace logical conclusions in Marxist writing) reduces its academic value per se; none the less I still find it beautiful in its architecture. I can only hope that the breadth of his life's work fell intact into the hands of his graduate assistant, who took over instruction in his last days as a professor in Sacramento. Whether it has or not, this book is well worth considering, especially to a student designing his or her own research. Its annotations and bibliography promise an excruciatingly well investigated line of departure for any intended work on the period, right, left, or simply rational. Now, one last comment about the author: he himself was a graduate student of the Robert LeFevre-Howard Zinn lineage, with all its implications about revision of history to fulfil the prophesies of the sans-culottes. (Y'know, I miss the ol' grouch though too.)
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The best recommendation a book like this can get is a one star pan from an indoctrinated tool of corporate imperialism like the one below.
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This has to be the stupidest book I've ever read. It is so completely infantile, it could only have been written by a leftist academic. I am very glad I got this out of the library instead of paying for it.
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