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The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1953

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The Hill and Wang Critical Issues Series: concise, affordable works on pivotal topics in American history, society, and politics.

The Specter of Communism is a concise history of the origins of the Cold War and the evolution of U.S.-Soviet relations, from the Bolshevik revolution to the death of Stalin. Using not only American documents but also those from newly opened arc
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 31st 1994 by Hill and Wang (first published October 1st 1994)
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Daniel Kukwa
An enormous achievement in concise history. You'll be a touch lost if you don't possess a modicum of historical understanding in regards to the Cold War...but if you do, you'll sit back in amazement, admiring the author's ability to compact so many events into such an effective little volume. This is a concentrated, sugary squirt of history, smack into the gap between your brain's hemispheres.
Stacy Nielsen
Jan 27, 2015 Stacy Nielsen is currently reading it
Reading this book for my Cold War class at the University of Iowa Spring 2015 semester. So far it is well written and informative. Will update when done.
Richard Macquarrie
This was a good book. But it had a little bit too much of a liberal twist to it. It did focus a great deal on the cold war which I liked and was extremely informative. Although it was well written it did make Stalin sound like a sensible guy and make America look like a bully that forced the Soviet Bloc into existence. I think a slightly more balanced view would have made it a better book. Despite the liberal twist I liked it.
if you ever want to hear a lukewarm ciriticizm of us cold war policy, along with a halfass defense of soviet cold war policy, heres the book for you. this book was like kind of short too, and theres like 50 russian names with 10 syllables that i dont even know who they are.
Joe Solomon
A good summary of how the Cold War started. Leffler goes into great detail about the fears that gripped both the United States and the Soviet Union. This book is a must read for any student of U.S or World history.
The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1953 (A Critical Issue) by Melvyn P. Leffler (1994)
Short, good overview- useful to teach from.
Interesting look at the origins of the Cold War.
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