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American Intervention in Greece, 1943-1949
American Intervention in Greece, 1943-1949
By Lawrence S. Wittner
Columbia University Press, 1982, 445 pp

This book deals primarily with the American role in Greece after the declaration of the Truman Doctrine: the application of military power, the uncritical embrace of reaction, the suppression of uncooperative political elements, and the crucial success in persuading Tito to withdraw Yugoslavian assistance to the Greek Communists. In 1949 most Americans were euphoric about the results of this policy. Today many must share the author's conclusion that in the long run "American policy toward Greece ended in shambles."