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Diplomacy Of Fear: Canada And The Cold War, 1941-1948
Diplomacy Of Fear: Canada And The Cold War, 1941-1948
By Denis Smith
University of Toronto Press, 1988, 289 pp.

This is an outstanding monograph, rich with quotations from Canadian, American and British archives and personal papers. The story of how Canadian diplomats tried to understand the behavior of the Soviet Union and cope with the problems of being pulled inexorably along in the wake of the United States illuminates the history of the cold war and of U.S. foreign policy as well as the history of Canada. The material on the thinking of specific Canadian leaders-Lester Pearson, Dana Wilgress, Escott Reid, the egregious Mackenzie King and others-is particularly good.