AUTHORFeis, Herbert
TITLEFrom Trust to Terror: The Onset of the Cold War, 1945-1950
PUBLISHERW.W. Norton & Company
CITYNew York, NY

This book recounts the events and negotiations that led up to the start of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. It begins by describing Harry Truman’s assumption of the presidency and the negotiations, including the Potsdam Conference, between the United States and the Soviet Union in the final months of World War II. In particular, the book examines the two nations’ wartime and post-war proposals and disagreements over what should be done with Germany, and to a lesser extent Poland. Post-war events that added to growing Soviet-American tension, such as the Soviet intrusion into Iran, the creation and implementation of the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan, and the Berlin blockade and airlift, are especially focused upon in the book. The steps leading to the creation of the West German state and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance, as well as the role that the atomic bomb and atomic energy played in the development of the Cold War, are also discussed. Photographs are included of the key people involved in the events described in the book.

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