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The Elsey Report

John Acacia

in Clark Clifford

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125510
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135304 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.003.0003
The Elsey Report

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Clark Clifford believed that the Cold War began on September 24, 1946, the day he presented a report. In Clifford's opinion, the Clifford–Elsey report, as it has come to be known, “contained the seeds of the Marshall Plan, the seeds of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the basic principles upon which the President relied for the Truman Doctrine.” Most historians credit George Elsey as the primary author, despite Clifford's boasts that he wrote it. Perhaps more significant is that to the extent that it was important and influential, it was due to Elsey's conviction and sheer tenacity. Harry S. Truman had a very limited assignment in mind when he requested the report, and that is likely the reason he gave the assignment to Clifford. Elsey convinced Clifford, who in turn convinced Truman, that a more comprehensive study was needed.

Keywords: Clark Clifford; Cold War; Clifford–Elsey report; Marshall Plan; NATO; Truman Doctrine; George Elsey; Harry S. Truman

Chapter.  8827 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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