Ostermann’s Between Containment and Rollback is much more than a monograph; it is his long-awaited, comprehensive analysis of both U.S. and Soviet policies between 1945 and 1953. Drawing on available primary materials from American and former East German archives, as well as secondary literature in English, German, and Russian, the book focuses not only on American and Soviet decision makers; it also takes into account the British, French, and West Germans. It tells the story of the enormous costs of Soviet-American rollback policies during the early years of the Cold War.

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