In the Time of the Americans

David Fromkin, Author Alfred A. Knopf $30 (618p) ISBN 978-0-394-58901-5
Inspired by President Woodrow Wilson's idealistic internationalism, three subsequent U.S. presidents--Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower--steered Americans away from isolationism to support an active, major role for the U.S. on the world stage. Under their leadership, America helped defeat Hitler, waged a Cold War against Soviet tyranny and checked Chinese communist aggression in Korea. Fromkin's dramatic, engaging political, military and diplomatic history yokes FDR, Truman and Ike in a group portrait with George Marshall, architect of America's postwar financial program to reconstruct Western Europe, and General Douglas MacArthur, WWII hero and commander of U.S. and U.N. forces in Korea. In a panoramic canvas peopled by George Kennan, Joseph Kennedy, John Foster Dulles, Felix Frankfurter, William Randolph Hearst and many others, Fromkin (A Peace to End All Peace) argues that America, acting with mixed motives but without imperial designs, opposed Europe's imperialisms, whether British, German, French or Soviet, and played a key role in destroying them. Fromkin is a Boston University professor of international relations, history and law. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/03/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
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