The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil

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In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out with a plan to reconstruct Western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

Given the current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain global order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides thorough context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the birth of the Cold War and the Marshall Plan. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

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ISBN : 1501102370
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 624 pages


Aaron rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

As a Cold War junkie, I always wondered how East and West Germany came to be.  At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, the Allies agreed to govern Germany as a whole, with the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France, each to temporarily administer a zone.   How did this ar...

Ron rated it ★★★★☆

November 04, 2017

The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil The Marshall Plan is an extremely well documented and extensively researched examination of how the plan changed the world in the late 1940’s, 50’s and even today. After World War II our European allies were on the verge of economic collapse. Those allies were ripe...

Terri rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2017

President George Washington bid his countrymen to steer clear of foreign entanglements, especially with Europe, whose interests were remote from the United States. After World War II, President Harry Truman took seriously Washington’s warning against foreign alliances, but he was convinced the re...

John Plowright rated it ★★★★★

February 13, 2018

“The most unsordid act in history” is how Churchill famously described the Marshall Plan (recycling a phrase he’d originally applied to the Lend-Lease Bill) and there’s no denying that in offering financial assistance to war-ravaged Europe, the United States was moved in part by compassion. This...

Italo rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2018

The Marshall Plan The author of this fascinating book uses clear, concise prose, packed with details (at times dull details), and shows a wide grasp of history on both the micro and macro levels. New research is used well to provide the Russian (Soviet) perspective on many events. Actually, the su...

Casey rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2018

I received a free Kindle copy of  The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold Warby Benn Steil courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Shuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I als...

Margaret rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2017

Steil uses his skills explaining economic policy (the Bretton Woods book was excellent) and a wave of newly available documents from eastern Europe to position the Marshall plan as early Cold War policy. At 400 pages, the details are rich and illustrative, and allow for full discussion of things...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2018

An epic exploration of the plan that shaped the Cold War and still shapes the world. My full review:

Meghan rated it ★★★☆☆

February 13, 2018

I did it -- I read the beast! Five hundred plus pages detailing a specific time period and specific policy, in which I was disabused of the notion that The Marshall Plan was merely a large airdrop of food to Berlin and a front to siphon off funds for the CIA. I don't know why I had the food-drop...

Katrina rated it ★★★★☆

March 08, 2018

Excellent account. I quite enjoyed all of it. It was a great read and i am going to use a lot of what I read in my classroom.

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