Kennedy's Kitchen Cabinet and the Pursuit of Peace: The Shaping of American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963

Kennedy's Kitchen Cabinet and the Pursuit of Peace: The Shaping of American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963

by Philip A. Goduti
     
 

John F. Kennedy's advisors were enormously influential in the shaping of American foreign policy at a crucial time. After struggling in his first year as president, Kennedy employed the guidance of a core group including McGeorge Bundy, Robert Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor and Theodore Sorensen. This "kitchen cabinet" led to strong leadership in

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John F. Kennedy's advisors were enormously influential in the shaping of American foreign policy at a crucial time. After struggling in his first year as president, Kennedy employed the guidance of a core group including McGeorge Bundy, Robert Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor and Theodore Sorensen. This "kitchen cabinet" led to strong leadership in confronting serious challenges arising from the Soviet Union, Cuba, Southeast Asia and Berlin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440207
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/16/2009
Series:
History/United States
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Pt. 1 The First One Hundred Days: Crafting Foreign Policy in the Kennedy White House

1 The Over-Cautious Approach 12

2 Germany and Cuba 26

Pt. 2 Mission to Vienna: The Preparation of the Commander in Chief and the Impact of a Summit

3 The Art of Diplomacy 40

4 "A very sober two days" 54

Pt. 3 "Once more unto the breach": Constructing the Wall Between America and the Soviets

5 The Vienna Effect 70

6 "Perhaps a wall" 85

Pt. 4 Brother's Keeper: Robert F. Kennedy's Role in Presidential Decision-making

7 Jack and Bobby 106

8 RFK and the CIA 119

Pt. 5 "Dogs of War": McNamara, the Joint Chiefs and the American Military Complex

9 Whiz Kid and War Hero 132

10 The Joint Chiefs of Staff 143

Pt. 6 Waiting for the Enemy to Blink: Perspectives on the Cuban Missile Crisis

11 Preparing for a Storm 158

12 Brinkmanship in the Kennedy White House 176

Pt. 7 "No man is an island, entire of itself": Leading to Peace and Cooperation

13 "A Strategy of Peace" 198

14 "Ich bin ein Berliner" 212

Epilogue 223

Chapter Notes 225

Bibliography 235

Index 237

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