The Eisenhower Administration, the Third World, and the Globalization of the Cold War

The seventh book, The Eisenhower Administration, the Third World, and the Globalization of the Cold War edited by Kathryn C. Statler and Andrew L. Johns, brings together original essays by some of the leading scholars of U.S. foreign policy under Dwight Eisenhower.  The contributors show how U.S. officials responded to the dual threats of Communism and nationalism as decolonization swept through the Third World during the 1950s and changed the nature of the Cold War and U.S. foreign policy.  As the Cold War increasingly became a zero-sum game, the Third World became the primary battleground in the ideological, economic, and political struggle between Washington and Moscow. The essays demonstrate the high priority given by the Eisenhower administration to the Third World and the strenuous efforts made by U.S. officials to ensure that countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America remained aligned with the forces of democracy and capitalism.  Reviewers in Choice and specialized journals praised the book as “a superb new collection . . . that is essential reading for scholars of the Cold War and American diplomacy” and a group of “excellent essays . . . based on extensive research in U.S. and foreign archives.”