Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War

Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War

by Campbell Craig
     
 

Thanks to recently declassified government documents from the early Cold War era, Craig is able to investigate what America's strategists really thought about the viability of nuclear warfare. He demonstrates that even as they were publicly attempting to make nuclear war technically feasible, many Pentagon officials were privately pessimistic r
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Thanks to recently declassified government documents from the early Cold War era, Craig is able to investigate what America's strategists really thought about the viability of nuclear warfare. He demonstrates that even as they were publicly attempting to make nuclear war technically feasible, many Pentagon officials were privately pessimistic r

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231111232
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/17/1998
Series:
Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Basic Security Policy1
Pt. 1Eisenhower's Predicament
1Casus Belli in Berlin, 194813
2General War Becomes Thermonuclear War, 1948-195224
Pt. 2Eisenhower's Strategy to Evade Nuclear War
3The Rise and Fall of Massive Retaliation, January 1953-July 195541
4Eisenhower Takes Over, July 1955-April 195753
5Fallout, April 1957-November 195871
6Berlin, November 1958-July 195990
7Intermission, July 1959-January 1961108
Pt. 3Aftershock
8Berlin Looms Again, January-July 1961121
9The Wall and the Prospect of War, August-October 1961137
Epilogue: McNamara's Dialectic152
Notes163
Bibliography197
Index209

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