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Preparing for the Next War: American Plans for Postwar Defense, 1941-45
Preparing for the Next War: American Plans for Postwar Defense, 1941-45
By Michael S. Sherry
Yale University Press, 1977, 260 pp.

This account owes much to previous works of Perry McCoy Smith and Vincent Davis. The thesis is a variation of revisionist military history: that World War II military and scientific leaders developed and propagated an "ideology of military preparedness" which fueled the arms race and diminished U.S. security through its misguided faith in American technology. Nevertheless, what emerges from the impressive archival research is a statement about the complexity and pitfalls of political-military planning.