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By Michael J. Hogan

A pass of Iron presents the fullest account but of the nationwide safety kingdom that emerged within the first decade of the chilly battle. Michael J. Hogan lines the method of state-making via struggles to unify the defense force, harness technology to army reasons, mobilize army manpower, keep watch over the security finances, and distribute the price of safeguard around the economic climate. President Harry S. Truman and his successor have been in the midst of a basic contest over the nation's political identification and postwar goal, and their efforts decided the scale and form of the nationwide safeguard country that eventually emerged.

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Marshall, whom Truman once called the greatest American of his day. Yet, at the same time, Truman had a long-standing fear of "political cliques" in the military and a visceral dislike of swashbuckling commanders, from General George Armstrong Custer to "Mr. "3° Two strands of thought thus competed in the president's mind, and they were similar in some respects to the two that characterized the Army and Navy positions on unification and that ran like rich veins through the country's political culture.

The National Security Discourse 17 of peace and freedom worldwide. "There are risks in making ourselves strong," said NSC-68. "2* As the discussion thus far suggests, the national security ideology framed the Cold War discourse in a system of symbolic representation that defined America's national identity by reference to the un-American "other," usually the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, or some other totalitarian power. The documents under review typically described the Soviet way explicitly while delineating the American way by implication.

There are risks in making ourselves strong," said NSC-68. "2* As the discussion thus far suggests, the national security ideology framed the Cold War discourse in a system of symbolic representation that defined America's national identity by reference to the un-American "other," usually the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, or some other totalitarian power. The documents under review typically described the Soviet way explicitly while delineating the American way by implication. The Soviets were hostile and active, usually according to a plan preordained in Communist ideology, while the Americans were friendly, reactive, and usually reluctant.

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