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America and the imperialism of ignorance : US foreign policy since 1945

Author: Andrew Alexander
Publisher: London : Biteback Publishing, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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American incomprehension of the outside world has been the chief problem in international affairs since the end of World War II. In America and the Imperialism of Ignorance, veteran political journalist Andrew Alexander constructs a meticulous case, including evidence gleaned from the steady opening up of Soviet archives, demonstrating why this is so. From starting the Cold War to revisiting unlearned lessons upon  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Alexander
ISBN: 9781849541046 1849541043
OCLC Number: 698911434
Description: 335 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. The struggle for Europe: The flawed Cold War orthodoxy --
Two long telegrams: mutually assured distrust --
The expansion of America: from colony to superpower --
American entanglement in Europe --
The red menace as a political tool --
Hitler presses on --
War begins --
A strained coalition --
Soviet diplomats in optimistic mood --
False harmony at Yalta --
A new US president meets his allies --
Hiroshima ends the war but peace seems distant --
Truman's Navy Day speech --
Churchill warns of the Iron Curtain --
The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan --
The Berlin airlift --
The Cold War hots up: Korea and China --
Death of Stalin: an opportunity ignored --
1956: the year of shattered illusions --
American relations with China --
The Cuban Missile Crisis: armageddon narrowly averted --
Debacle in Vietnam --
American idealism collapses: the cia 'rogue elephant' --
The Prague Spring and Brezhnev Doctrine --
The Reagan era: Gorbachev takes over in Moscow --
In retrospect --
Part 2. The Middle East: Maintaining the military machine --
Oil becomes a political weapon --
The Shah of Iran: America's policeman in the Gulf --
The Lebanese cockpit --
Saddam: from American ally to 'most wanted' --
The rise of the neocons --
Planning to invade Iraq --
Victory in Iraq --
The lost peace --
Being too powerful for one's own good --
Appendix.
Other Titles: America & the imperialism of ignorance
US foreign policy since 1945
U.S. foreign policy since 1945
Responsibility: Andrew Alexander.

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An analysis of six decades of unchanging American foreign policy.  Read more...

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"Well-written, an easy read and formidably-argued. I think it is an important subject, not just as 20th-century history, but as commentary on the modern US mindset." Matthew Parris

 
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