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America Enters the Cold War
The Road to Global Commitment, 1945–1950

ISBN 9781138208377
Published November 21, 2017 by Routledge
246 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

America Enters the Cold War provides a succinct and insightful analysis of the foreign policy decisions which shaped America’s early involvement in the Cold War. In focusing on key documents and detailing the ideological foundations of U.S. foreign policy, Kevin Grimm situates the events of the early Cold War in the context of postwar American history. Including the full text of primary source documents such as the Long Telegram, the Truman Doctrine, and NSC-68, this text provides an essential overview of this period for students of the Cold War, diplomatic history, and twentieth-century US history and foreign policy.

Table of Contents


  1. A World Changes: Europe in the Mid-1940s
  2. Envisioning the Soviets: Kennan vs. Wallace
  3. Opening Salvos: Truman and His Doctrine
  4. How to Fight: NSC-68 and Planning Global Strategy
  5. The View After: Victories and Costs
  6. Documents

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Kevin E. Grimm is assistant professor of history at Regent University.


Grimm’s work is an outstanding introduction to the Cold War and its historiography. Students are familiarized with the goliaths of the field, exposed to major historiographical trends and questions, presented with alternative historical paths, and provided primary sources that lay at the heart of early Cold War foreign policy. Grimm’s work is very reader-friendly. He offers a timeline of major events as well as several images to provide visual introductions to important people throughout the monograph.

-Autumn Lass, Wayland Baptist University