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By T. Henriksen

This publication surveys the transformation and projection of yankee strength in a foreign country because the cave in of the Berlin Wall. It summarizes U.S. dealing with of the Soviet Union's disintegration and covers the final seventeen years of U.S. interventions and conflicts.

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