Naval War College Review


Sam Postbrief


Decision making Analyses. Decision ­making studies of United States' attempts at forging world order following World War II too frequently appear as demography or hagiography and it is not difficult to see why this is so. For "realist" historians and political scientists, the heart of international politics is unquestionably the actions and reactions of individuals in history, together with estimations of national capabilities and interests, When the individuals have the personalities (or are imputed to have such features} of a Roosevelt, a Truman, a Churchill, or a Stalin, it is understandable that perceptions of historical events are weighted very heavily by estimates of personality traits and actions of leading figures and their subordinates.