The idea of revising what is known of the past constitutes an essential procedure in historical scholarship, but revisionists are often hasty and argumentative in their judgments. Such, argues Robert H. Ferrell, has been the case with assessments of the presidency of Harry S. Truman, who was targeted by historians and political scientists in the 1960s and ’70s for numerous failings in both domesti...
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A scholar of the Truman administration, Ferrell has compiled six reworked essays that mainly concern the origins of the Cold War. The first three in particular lay waste to the arguments of leftist historians who blame the United States for the Cold ...
gn policy, including launching the cold war—perceptions that persist to the present day.Widely acknowledged as today’s foremost Truman scholar, Ferrell turns the tables on the revisionists in this collection of classic essays. He goes below the surface appearances of history to examine how situations actually developed and how Truman performed sensibly—even courageously—in the face of unforeseen crises.