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The World After the War by Derek Leebaert

The World After the War

America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957

Derek Leebaert

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2 reviews

Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 1 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781786070968

The true story of the British Empire's fall and America's rise in the aftermath of World War II

3 stars out of 5
Norman Stone
1 Feb 2019

"one of the most thoughtful books on the Cold War period that has come my way."

Leebaert ends his book with a rant about the way in which US foreign policy has developed since 1960, and has nasty remarks to make about George Kennan and Henry Kissinger (he lays about the latter in other quarters as well). He notes the sheer bloatedness of the American machine, particularly the National Security Council, which grew absurdly, and gets going on the half successes and three-quarters failures of US foreign policy since the Korean War. This does not, maybe, belong in the book, but certainly the way in which the Americans have managed their imperial affairs does contrast with the British approach. The World after the War is one of the most thoughtful books on the Cold War period that has come my way.

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4 stars out of 5
Gerard Baker
22 Dec 2018

"Derek Leebaert’s fascinating book is far from just another story of the British empire’s recessional"

However, Derek Leebaert’s fascinating book is far from just another story of the British empire’s recessional. Instead, the author, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC and a management consultant on the side, challenges the conventional view. The story as usually told is that in 1945 an exhausted Britain, under the leadership of a new Labour government committed to decolonisation and focused on pressing economic and social needs at home, was ready to pass the torch of global leadership across the Atlantic.