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Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War

Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War

by Campbell Craig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231111231

ISBN-13: 9780231111232

Pub. Date: 06/17/1998

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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 regarding any nuclear

Overview

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 regarding any nuclear strategy. Craig probes the heated arguments Eisenhower had with his national security advisors, and shows how the president conspired to make the option of war with the Soviet Union impossible.

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 ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Basic Security Policy 1(12)
Part 1. Eisenhower's Predicament
Casus Belli in Berlin, 1948
13(11)
General War Becomes Thermonuclear War, 1948--1952
24(17)
Part 2. Eisenhower's Strategy to Evade Nuclear War
The Rise and Fall of Massive Retaliation, January 1953--July 1955
41(12)
Eisenhower Takes Over, July 1955--April 1957
53(18)
Fallout, April 1957--November 1958
71(19)
Berlin, November 1958--July 1959
90(18)
Intermission, July 1959--January 1961
108(13)
Part 3. Aftershock
Berlin Looms Again, January--July 1961
121(16)
The Wall and the Prospect of War, August--October 1961
137(15)
Epilogue: McNamara's Dialectic 152(11)
Notes 163(34)
Bibliography 197(12)
Index 209

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