Picking up the Reins
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At the end of the Second World War, Europe lay in ruins, with half the continent under Soviet control. Britain, formerly a world superpower, was victorious but battered and exhausted. Only the United States stood between Stalin and global domination. This gripping history reveals how, in the crucial postwar years, a few far-sighted and dynamic individuals such as Harry Truman, George Marshall, Dean Acheson and George Kennan overcame the nation's traditional isolationism to pick up the reins of world power.