In This Review

Soviet-American Relations in Asia, 1945-1954
Soviet-American Relations in Asia, 1945-1954
By Russell D. Buhite
University of Oklahoma Press, 1981, 256 pp.
The Unwanted Symbol: American Foreign Policy, the Cold War, and Korea, 1945-1950
The Unwanted Symbol: American Foreign Policy, the Cold War, and Korea, 1945-1950
By Charles M. Dobbs
Kent State University Press, 1981, 239 pp.
Colonialism and the Cold War: The United States and the Struggle for Indonesian Independence, 1945-49
Colonialism and the Cold War: The United States and the Struggle for Indonesian Independence, 1945-49
By Robert J. McMahon
Cornell University Press, 1981, 338 pp.

These three books by American historians are impressive additions to the growing number of accounts of the early cold war based on intensive research in U.S. government archives. Buhite's account of Soviet-American relations in China, Korea and Japan is particularly noteworthy. Dobbs provides a thorough analysis of U.S. policy in Korea in the years leading up to the Korean War. And McMahon's book is a carefully documented study of U.S. policy toward Indonesia in the crucial years of post-World War II decolonialization.