NSC-68 First blog post

My first source evaluations contains two sources: one of them is a printed book source, “We now know: Rethinking Cold War History” and another on is an online source, from US Department of State, Office of Historian.  These two sources brought significant resources and information that can be used for my research paper, especially, by making me feel these two sources are have similar or even same kind of it but actually different in some aspects, when I was reading them.

The online source one specifically focuses on the NSC-68. It reveals the process of how and what Policy Planning Staff, led by Paul Nitze undertook the comprehensive review of US National Security issues and strategies, asked by Dean Acheson, the Secretary of State at that time, and presented to President Harry S. Truman. It also explains the detail facts of actions, in order to United States successfully defend territory and oversea interests, such as isolationism, diplomatic efforts to negotiate with the Soviets, and the “rapid building up of the political, economic, and military strength of the free world,” with a support of a massive build-up of both conventional and nuclear arms in order to deter Soviet Union. Although this online source tends to emphasize the policy toward Soviet Union, but in the book, Lewis Gaddis does not specifically focuses on NSC-68 nor emphasizes about Soviet Union, but relates with the conflict between the United States, Russia, China and their respective allies from 1946 to the Korean War and  Cuban missile crisis in the autumn of 1962, and explains how NSC-68 content had affected US Policy toward various international issues.

The huge difference that I found by reading those sources are that US Department of State Office of Historian website is not biased since it only tells general detailed facts of NSC-68, but the book “We now know: Rethinking Cold War History” contains the review and perspective of Lewis Gaddis, which makes the process of my research paper source evaluation more interesting by comparing many other perspectives of cold war and NSC-68.

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