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America Enters the Cold War

The Road to Global Commitment, 1945–1950, 1st Edition

By Kevin E. Grimm


234 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Critical Moments in American History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century