Preface to the New Edition Preface Abbreviations Used in the Footnotes 1. The Past as Prologue: The American Vision of the Postwar World 2. The Soviet Union and World Revolution: the American View, 1941-1944 3. Cooperating for Victory: Defeating Germany and Japan 4. Repression versus Rehabilitation: The Problem of Germany 5. Security versus Self-Determination: The Problem of Eastern Europe 6. Economic Relations: Lend-Lease and the Russian Loan 7. Victory and Transition: Harry S. Truman and the Russians 8. The Impotence of Omnipotence: American Diplomacy, the Atomic Bomb, and the Postwar World 9. Getting Tough with Russia: The Reorientation of American Policy, 1946 10. To the Truman Doctrine: Implementing the New Policy 11. Conclusion: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War Bibliography Index
This book moves beyond the focus on economic considerations that was central to the work of New Left historians, examining the many other forces-domestic politics, bureaucratic inertia, quirks of personality, and perceptions of Soviet intentions-that influenced key decision makers in Washington.
John Lewis Gaddis is professor of history at Yale University
[T]he most satisfactory post-revisionist treatment of American policy making to date. New York Times Book Review History moves fast, and it is a rare book that stays current after almost 30 years. John Gaddis's "postrevisionist" study of how the United States and Soviet Union got themselves into such sterile conflict of interests following the defeat of the Axis remains one of the best books available on this crucial period. The Daily Yomiuri An exceptionally elegant and detached example of post revisionism. (from the first edition) The New York Review of Books