In the introduction to The First Cold Warrior, Spalding quotes President Harry Truman as opining that history will say that his “term of office saw the beginning of the cold war, [and] it will also say that in those eight years we have set the course that can win it.” He presents his own presidency as one consumed by an “all-embracing struggle – this conflict between those who love freedom and those who would lead the world back into slavery and darkness.”
Your paper should answer the following:
• As the first cold warrior, what was Truman’s strategy of containment?
• How did Truman’s containment strategy provide grounds for a new liberal internationalism?
• How did containment enable America and the world to avoid another world war?
• Did Truman understand the threat better than others? Why or Why not?
The paper needs to be based deaply in the book The first Cold Warrior by Elizabeth Edwards Spalding. No Direct quotes are allowed but a paper is supposed to be based deeply in the book.