READERS WILL NOTE THAT American Diplomacy this issue includes two reviews of books in the international relations field, one by Dr. Rorin M. Platt of Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the other by Richard Schenck, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer also resident in North Carolina. The first review, “Red Scare or Red Menace,” by Dr. Platt assesses an interesting study published last year on Soviet espionage in America during the early years of the Cold War.
The second of our reviews this quarter, titled “New Insights into the Cold War,” by Richard Schenck, discusses the influential work of Professor John Lewis Gaddis in rethinking the history of the Cold War.
We trust you will find the two brief essays, as we at this journal did, interesting and informative.
This brings me to an announcement:
We have prevailed upon Dr. Platt to fill the position of Book Review Editor with the journal. Based at Peace College, where he teaches history, Dr. Platt has published a number of reviews in the North Carolina Historical Review and The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC). His other publications include two books, Virginia in Foreign Affairs, 1933-1941 (1991) and Wings of Redemption: Colonel Earl L. Cole and the 385th Bombardment Group, Eight Air Force, 1943-1945 (1992). He earned a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Maryland in 1989.