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

ISBN: 9780521640442
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1998-08-28
Number of pages: 540
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A Cross of Iron provides the fullest account yet of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making through 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. President Harry S. Truman and his successor were in the middle of a fundamental contest over the nation's political identity and postwar purpose, and their efforts determined the size and shape of the national security state that finally emerged.

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