A bright account of the USA on the pivot element of the postwar period, Harry Truman’s first complete 12 months in office
In 1946, the US had simply exited the most important battle in glossy background and used to be approximately to go into one other of a type nobody had fought earlier than. we expect of this second because the marvelous commence of the United States positive, in international politics and economics. however the truth is murkier: 1946 introduced stress among and exertions, political disunity, undesirable veteran morale, housing crises, inflation, a Soviet menace—all shadowed through an indecisiveness that will plague choice makers who could waffle among engagement and isolation, because the kingdom itself pivoted among prosperity and retrenchment, during the remainder of the century. The 12 months of Indecision, 1946
overturns just like Truman as a can-do leader—1946, in truth, marked a nadir in his presidency. family members broke down with the Soviet Union, and approximately did with the British. the us suffered shortages and moves of a significance it had no longer visible in years. In November 1946, the Democrats misplaced either homes of Congress. the strain among worry and optimism expressed itself too in pop culture. americans had fun in expertise and inventive strength, yet a shift was once brewing: Bing Crosby making room for invoice Haley and B.B. King; John Wayne for Montgomery Clift. That 12 months additionally observed a burst of spirit in literature, track, paintings and film—beneath the shadow of noir.
the problems and tensions we are facing this day echo these of 7 many years in the past. As we become aware of during this portrait of the period ahead of our personal, as the USA realized, piecemeal and reluctantly, to behave like a global strength, it attempted, and succeeded basically partly, to grasp worry. Indecision, Weisbrode argues, is the leitmotif of yankee history.
From the Hardcover edition.