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"For the United States, the price of victory goes far beyond the dollars spent on warheads, foreign aid, soldiers, propaganda, and intelligence. It includes, for instance, time wasted, talent misdirected, secrecy imposed, and confidence impaired. . . . Trade was distorted and growth impeded. . . . Ultimately, the cost of America's effort was felt as a waste of spirit."


Grade: (A-)


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Derek Leebaert Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Derek Leebaert
    -ESSAY: Who Really Was FDR?: He could be charming and witty, but also devious and cruel, said aides closest to Franklin Roosevelt. (Derek Leebaert, Summer 2023, American Heritage)
    -ESSAY: Has Bush Bitten Off Too Much? Yes, but So Did Truman: Truman's commitments, like Bush's, created 'an assembly line of involvement that would grind on for decades.' (Jonathan Rauch, January 22, 2003, Atlantic Monthly)
    -REVIEW: of The Fifty Year Wound: The True Price of America's Cold War Victory by Derek Leebaert (Arnold Beichman, Policy Review)
    -REVIEW: of The Fifty Year Wound (Steven F. Hayward, Claremont Review of Books)
    -REVIEW: of The Fifty Year Wound (Karen De Coster, Mises Report)
    -REVIEW: of The Fifty Year Wound (ALA Booklist)
    -REVIEW: of The Fifty Year Wound (Philip Zelikow, Foreign Affairs)

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