The Lost Peace
Leadership in A Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953Book - 2010
Examines what drove the leaders of the most powerful nations around the globe--including the U.S., Britain and the U.S.S.R.--to rely on traditional power politics after World War II, despite the violence their nations had just endured, which profoundly influenced relations with China, Korea and in the Middle East for decades to come. By a #1 best-selling Pulitzer Prize finalist. 75,000 first printing.
"Robert Dallek brings to this majestic work a profound understanding of history, a deep engagement in foreign policy, and a lifetime of studying leadership. The story of what went wrong during the postwar period…has never been more intelligently explored." —Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Team of Rivals
Robert Dalleck follows his bestselling Nixon and Kissenger: Partners in Power and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 with this masterful account of the crucial period that shaped the postwar world. As the Obama Administration struggles to define its strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Dallek's critical and compelling look at Truman, Churchill, Stalin, and other world leaders in the wake of World War II not only offers important historical perspective but provides timely insight on America's course into the future.
Examines what drove the leaders of the most powerful nations around the globe to rely on traditional power politics after World War II, despite the violence their nations had just endured, which profoundly influenced relations with China, Korea, and in the Middle East for decades to come.
In a reinterpretation of the postwar years, historian Robert Dallek examines what drove the leaders of the most powerful nations around the globe--Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Mao, de Gaulle, and Truman--to rely on traditional power politics despite thecatastrophic violence their nations had endured. The decisions of these men, for better and often for worse, had profound consequences for decades to come, influencing relations and conflicts with China, Korea, the Middle East, and around the globe. Thisbook is a penetrating look at the misjudgments that caused enormous strife and suffering during this critical period, from the closing months of World War II through the early years of the Cold War. The men who led the world at this time executed astonishingly unwise actions that propelled the nuclear arms race and extended the Cold War. Dallek has written a cautionary tale that considers what might have been done differently.--From publisher description.