Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948 by Frank Kofsky
A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation

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Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948 reveals how during the first half of 1948, Truman and the two most important members of his cabinet, Marshall and Forrestal, systematically deceived Congress and the public into thinking that the U.S.S.R. was about to launch World War III with an invasion of Western Europe. As Professor Kofsky demonstrates, however, virtually every intelligence report coming into Washington - from military and civilian sources alike - asserted the exact opposite: that the Soviets were far too exhausted from battling the Nazis even to think about undertaking such an attack. By making use of previously classified records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Kofsky shows that Truman and his associates were willing to lie to the country in order to push through their foreign policy program, inaugurate a huge military buildup, and bail out the near-bankrupt aircraft industry. The lack of scruple with which high-ranking members of the Truman administration misrepresented Soviet intentions and the profoundly damaging repercussions of Truman's duplicity are just two of the many important subjects that Kofsky treats in this disturbing and engrossing book. It will force us to see both the Cold War and Truman in a new light.

About Frank Kofsky

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Frank Kofsky is Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento.
Published August 1, 1993 by Palgrave Macmillan. 420 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Immediate results of the scare included a 57% increase in the federal aircraft budget, a 30% increase in the Pentagon budget, financing of the Marshall Plan, and a politically revived Truman.

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Kofsky, a history professor at California State University, unconvincingly argues that President Harry Truman, in collusion with Secretary of State George Marshall and Secretary of Defense James V. Fo

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