Ambiguous Partnership: Britain and America, 1944-1947

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Ambiguous Partnership: Britain and America, 1944-1947

By Robert M. Hathaway
Columbia University Press, 1981
410 pp. $25.00

The motto of this useful monograph could well be the lament of Lord Keynes in December 1945: "How difficult it is for nations to understand one another, even when they have the advantage of a common language." American policy emerges as a curious blend of illusion and interest; the study reinforces the view that for some time the United States had more faith in the possibilities of cooperation with the Soviets than the British did-or than Soviet behavior would seem to have justified. A carefully documented recital of Anglo-American relations, conventionally and competently executed.

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