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Crises in U.S. Foreign Policy: An International History Reader
Crises in U.S. Foreign Policy: An International History Reader
By Michael H. Hunt
Yale University Press, 1995, 447 pp
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Hunt, a historian at North Carolina, examines seven episodes: American entry into World War I, the origins of World War II in the Pacific, the beginning of the Cold War, the Sino-American confrontation over Korea, the Cuban missile crisis, the escalation in Vietnam, and the events culminating in the Iranian hostage crisis. Two-thirds of the work is given over to primary documents, of which about half are from foreign sources. The author’s introduction for each crisis is skillfully crafted and suitably quizzical; his choice of documents, reflecting his international focus, is first-rate. A superior compilation that is designed for the classroom but will fascinate the general reader and the specialist.