Benn Steil - The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War
Combining economic and political history, Steil gives a detailed account of the Marshall Plan from its conception to its afterlife in global geopolitics. A senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, Steil focuses on the years 1947 to 1949, when the chill that would become the Cold War set into U.S.-Soviet relations. Drawing on new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil traces Stalin’s desperate efforts to frustrate the U.S. by fomenting the Prague coup and dividing Germany. Rather than pulling out of Europe, Marshall stayed the course, rebuilding America’s European allies as a bulwark against communism and laying the groundwork for NATO and the European Union.