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The Politics of Indecision: Origins and Implications of American Involvement with the Palestine Problem
The Politics of Indecision: Origins and Implications of American Involvement with the Palestine Problem
By Dan Tschirgi
Praeger, 1983, 341 pp.

America's "involvement" with the Palestine problem in the 1940s was not simply the result of domestic politics or Zionist propaganda, but rather a complexity of contending influences, and the personal styles and proclivities of two presidents (Roosevelt and Truman), with policy often at the mercy of events and global considerations always more important than the pros and cons of the Palestine imbroglio. Dan Tschirgi describes this "politics of indecision" fully and objectively, using the now available material in the U.S. National Archives and the recent works of Evan Wilson and others. Not definitive history-nothing will ever be definitive on this subject-but a first-rate, carefully documented and balanced study.