In 2002, President George W. Bush declared, "The great struggles of the twentieth century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom - and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy and free enterprise". "Cold War Triumphalism" exposes the ideological roots of such unabashed triumphalist accounts, and counters the current attempt to rewrite the history of the Cold War struggle. Assembling some of the nation's leading historians of U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, and recent American history, "Cold War Triumphalism" captures a generation of critical scholarship on America's rise to global dominance after World War 11. At a time when history is increasingly invoked to vindicate the war on terrorism, neoliberal globalization, and recent American military ventures, this book provides a necessary challenge to right-wing mythologizing. Widely praised when first published in hardcover, this first paperback edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand American global politics in the twenty-first century.
Ellen Schrecker is Professor of History at Yeshiva University. One of the nation's leading historians of the Cold War period, she is the author of Many Are the Crimes and No Ivory Tower.