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A Cross of Iron : Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954

By: Hogan, Michael J.
Contributor(s): Michael J, Hogan.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (539 p.).ISBN: 9781316173923.Subject(s): Cold War | National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Truman, Harry S., -- 1884-1972 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Cross of Iron : Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954DDC classification: 327.73 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1 The National Security Discourse: Ideology, Political Culture, and State Making -- II -- III -- IV -- 2 Magna Charta: The National Security Act and the Specter of the Garrison State -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- 3 The High Price of Peace: Guns-and-Butter Politics in the Early Cold War -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- 4 The Time Tax: American Political Culture and the UMT Debate -- II -- III -- IV
5 ""Chaos and Conflict and Carnage Confounded"": Budget Battles and Defense Reorganization -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- 6 Preparing for Permanent War: Economy, Science, and Secrecy in the National Security State -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- 7 Turning Point: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the National Security Response -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- 8 Semiwar: The Korean War and Rearmament -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- VIII -- 9 The Iron Cross: Solvency, Security, and the Eisenhower Transition -- II -- III -- IV -- V
10 Other Voices: The Public Sphere and the National Security Mentality -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- 11 Conclusion -- II -- Untitled -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Summary: In A Cross of Iron, one of the country's most distinguished diplomatic historians provides a comprehensive account of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making as it unfolded in struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across the economy. At stake, Hogan argues, was a fundamental contest over the nation's political identity and postwar purpose. President Harry S. Truman and his succes
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1 The National Security Discourse: Ideology, Political Culture, and State Making -- II -- III -- IV -- 2 Magna Charta: The National Security Act and the Specter of the Garrison State -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- 3 The High Price of Peace: Guns-and-Butter Politics in the Early Cold War -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- 4 The Time Tax: American Political Culture and the UMT Debate -- II -- III -- IV

5 ""Chaos and Conflict and Carnage Confounded"": Budget Battles and Defense Reorganization -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- 6 Preparing for Permanent War: Economy, Science, and Secrecy in the National Security State -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- 7 Turning Point: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the National Security Response -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- 8 Semiwar: The Korean War and Rearmament -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- VIII -- 9 The Iron Cross: Solvency, Security, and the Eisenhower Transition -- II -- III -- IV -- V

10 Other Voices: The Public Sphere and the National Security Mentality -- II -- III -- IV -- V -- 11 Conclusion -- II -- Untitled -- Selected Bibliography -- Index

In A Cross of Iron, one of the country's most distinguished diplomatic historians provides a comprehensive account of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making as it unfolded in struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across the economy. At stake, Hogan argues, was a fundamental contest over the nation's political identity and postwar purpose. President Harry S. Truman and his succes

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Hogan, a specialist in American diplomatic and national security studies, has written a complex but interesting work on the emergence of the national security state. To create this state, it was necessary to merge the armed forces, the Defense Department, and scientists into a single unit to enhance the military's capabilities. To a large extent, this unification was accomplished in the 1950s. The driving forces were James Forrestal, Dean Acheson, and powerful members of Congress such as Carl Vinson (D-GA), who chaired the Committee on Naval Affairs, along with presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Hogan presents a compelling case but overemphasizes the importance of Truman and Eisenhower while downplaying the role of Vinson and others in the security state's creation. In fact, both Truman and Eisenhower often seemed opposed to it but succumbed to pressure from Congress and key figures like Acheson. This extremely complex study, which deals with a subject few other books handle, is designed for scholars and informed lay readers interested in the creation of the "military-industrial complex."‘Richard P. Hedlund, Ashland Community Coll., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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