Harry Truman had been vice president for less than three months when President Franklin Roosevelt died. Suddenly inaugurated the leader of the free world, the plainspoken Truman candidly told reporters he, felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.
He faced a hostile world stage. Even as World War II drew to a close, the Cold War was around the corner. The Soviet Union went from America's uneasy ally to its number one adversary. Through shrewd diplomacy and military might, Joseph Stalin gained control of Eastern Europe, and soon cast an acquisitive eye toward the Balkans-and beyond. Newly liberated from fascism, Europe's future was again at risk, its freedom on the line.
Alarmed by the Soviets' designs, Truman acted. In a speech before a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947, he announced a policy of containment that became known as the Truman Doctrine-a pledge that the United States would support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.
In Saving Freedom, Joe Scarborough moves between events in Washington and those in Europe-in Greece, where the U.S.-backed government was fighting a civil war with insurgent Communists, and in Turkey, where the Soviets pressed for control of the Dardanelles-to analyze and understand the changing geopolitics that led Truman to deliver his momentous speech.
The story of the passage of the Truman doctrine is an inspiring tale of American leadership, can-doism, bipartisan unity, and courage in the face of an antidemocratic threat. Saving Freedom highlights a pivotal moment of the Twentieth Century, a turning point where patriotic Americans worked together to defeat tyranny. Macmillan Publishers | Adult Only Winter 2021
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Harper, November 2020
Product Dimensions: 9 L × 6 W × 0.9 H
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