Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War and The National Security State by Daniel Yergin soon to be presented for sale on the really rather good BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Andre Deutsch, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: In 1945, nobody knew that by 1947 the United States and the Soviet Union, so recently allied against Hitler, would give a devastated world something called the Cold War. Nor did the term national security mean anything to the public in 1945. By 1947, it did.
How did the fundamental trans-formation of American life come about? What perceptions and mis-perceptions governed Kennan, Acheson, and Truman? What did the Soviet Union want and what was it capable of getting? How did the Pentagon, key sectors in the economy, and the universities mobilize and pursue shared interests? Was the American policy elite blind to a better road not taken? Thirty years ago, what kind of arguments were being advanced for a detente with the Russians?
Based on massive research into newly opened archives and private papers, Shattered Peace creates a frame of analysis and develops a narrative that will become the definitive work on the Cold War. And today the moral dilemmas and policy choices of the 1940s still influence and confront us.
Shattered Peace confirms none of the hard-line prejudices of either revisionist or cold warrior. But the important and complex truth is here.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little age-tanned overall. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 526 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.