eBook America in the Cold War: A Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • William T. Walker
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  • ISBN-10: 1610692071
  • ISBN-13: 9781610692076
  • DDC: 909.82
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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The Cold War not only comprised the dominant theme in American foreign policy during the second half of the 20th century; its influence was also imbedded into American culture. The half-century duration of the Cold War was an extended learning period during which the United States found that it could no longer remain an isolationist nation in a complex, quickly evolving, and dangerous world. This book covers the entire scope of the Cold War, from its background and origins before and after World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, providing coverage of key events and concepts, such as the containment policy, McCarthyism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, d├ętente, and nuclear arms policies. The single-volume work also provides an annotated bibliography, primary documents, and biographies of key personalities during the Cold War, such as John Foster Dulles, J. Edgar Hoover, George F. Kennan, Henry Kissinger, Edward R. Murrow, and Ronald Reagan.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
List of Illustrations.
Series Foreword.
1: Historical Overview.
2: Origins and Early Years of the Cold War.
3: McCarthyism, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Culture of the Cold War.
4: Cuban Missile Crisis.
5: Vietnam, Détente, and Watergate.
6: The End of the Cold War and Beyond.
7: Biographies.
8: Dean Acheson (1893–1971).
9: Elizabeth T. Bentley (1908–1963).
10: Charles E. Bohlen (1904–1974).
11: John Foster Dulles (1888–1959).
12: J. William Fulbright (1905–1995).
13: William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. (1918–).
14: Thomas Emmet Hayden (1939–).
15: J. [John] Edgar Hoover (1895–1972).
16: George F. Kennan (1904 –2005).
17: Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968).
18: Heinz Alfred “Henry” Kissinger (1923–).
19: Fulton Lewis, Jr. (1903–1966).
20: George C. Marshall (1880–1959).
21: Joseph R. Mccarthy (1908 –1957).
22: George Mcgovern (1922–2008).
23: Arthur A. Miller (1915–2005).
24: Edward R. Murrow (1908–1965).
25: Paul H. Nitze (1907–2004).
26: Fulton John Sheen (Born Peter John Sheen) (1895–1979).
27: Primary Documents.
28: Yalta Agreement, February 11, 1945.
29: “The Long Telegram” George F. Kennan, February 22, 1946.
30: The Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947.
31: Truman Loyalty Oath, March 21, 1947.
32: the Marshall Plan, June 5, 1947.
33: Senator Joseph Mccarthy’s Lincoln Day Speech Wheeling, West Virginia, February 9, 1950.
34: National Security Council Report 68 United States Objectives and Programs for National Security, April 14, 1950.
35: “Declaration of Conscience” Senator Margaret Chase Smith, June 1, 1950.
36: Speech on Massive Retaliation Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, January 12, 1954.
37: President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address January 17, 1961.
38: Address to the Nation by President John F. Kennedy on the Cuban Missile Crisis October 22, 1962.
39: President John F. Kennedy’s “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” Speech June 26, 1963.
40: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Address at the Johns Hopkins University, “Peace Without Conquest” April 7, 1965.
41: Détente with the Soviet Union June 28, 1968.
42: Joint Communiqué of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China the Shanghai Communiqué February 27, 1972.
43: President Jimmy Carter’s Remarks at the Signing of the Peace Treaties Between Egypt and Israel March 26, 1979.
44: President Ronald Reagan’s Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, “The Evil Empire” Speech, Orlando, Florida March 8, 1983.
45: President Ronald W. Reagan’s “Tear Down this Wall” Speech, Berlin June 12, 1987.
46: Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty December 8, 1987.
47: President George H. W. Bush’s State of the Union Address January 28, 1992.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.