Arguing over the American Lake
Bureaucracy and Rivalry in the U.S. Pacific, 1945-1947
Military History - World War II
6 x 9, 354 pp.
4 figs., map
Pub Date: 09/04/2009
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
Price:        $67.50 x


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Arguing over the American Lake

Bureaucracy and Rivalry in the U.S. Pacific, 1945-1947

By Hal M. Friedman

Between 1945 and 1947, the United States sought an imperial solution to its security problems in the Pacific Basin. Faced with fears of a future Pearl Harbor-style attack by a potentially resurgent Japan, and facing an even more realistic confrontation with the Soviet Union, American policymakers, planners, and strategic analysts saw the creation of an “American lake” in the postwar Pacific as the best means by which to guarantee U.S. security interests with regard to East Asia.
Because of policy differences among the executive branch departments that had responsibilities in the area, the vision proved difficult to achieve. 

Hal M. Friedman analyzes the major issues concerning the Pacific Basin that confronted the four departments between 1945 and 1947. 

Helping to fill a regional gap in Cold War historiography, Arguing over the American Lake will be of great interest to military and political historians, those interested in strategic studies, and students and scholars of foreign relations policy and history.


 HAL M. FRIEDMAN is a professor of modern history at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Hal Friedman's thoroughly researched and authoritative account provides valuable insight into the ways that interservice rivalry, bureaucratic politics, and new military technology shaped the development of America's security imperialism in the Pacific Basin.  This is a welcome study of a frequently overlooked topic."-Marc Gallicchio, Villanova University 


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