This reading does little to evaluate each individual presidents' policies during the Cold War, but rather evaluates the ways in which the United States changes due to its longstanding anti-communist rhetoric. It is important to acknowledge that while the US continued its military expansions to respond to the threat of the Soviet Union, it never faced its enemy head on. Meanwhile the United States entered into a period of economic prosperity that remained largely unchecked until the 1970s.
So what is our takeaway from how the Cold War affected the Americas? How did it change the image of the United States for developing countries in particular? Was the Cold War necessary for the United States to become the country it is today?