In this analysis of the years of greatest American friendship with
the Soviet Union, Levering comes to two conclusions. First,
cosmopolitan, educated Americans of all classes were much more
likely to change their negative attitudes of 1939 to positive ones
by 1943 than were the provincial and poorly educated. Second,
governmental leaders and the media, whether conservative or
liberal, did not prepare the public for the probable realities of
postwar international politics.
Originally published in 1976.
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