Living with Peril: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nuclear Weapons

Living with Peril: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nuclear Weapons

by Andreas Wenger
     
 

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Living with Peril explains in detail how the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations adapted to the reality of a Soviet nuclear force capable of destroying the United States and against which there was no effective defense. Wenger illuminates the development, implementation, and evolution of U.S. government policies designed to avoid war and to respond to the… See more details below

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Living with Peril explains in detail how the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations adapted to the reality of a Soviet nuclear force capable of destroying the United States and against which there was no effective defense. Wenger illuminates the development, implementation, and evolution of U.S. government policies designed to avoid war and to respond to the vulnerability of nuclear destruction. Drawing from a wealth of sources, Wenger provides an insightful and original perspective on the origins of Cold War nuclear diplomacy.

Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
It is one of the many strengths of Wenger's exemplary and well-researched study to remind a new generation of IR students (whose indifference to history is wondrous to behold) of the complexity of a world that once was, but is no more.
— Michael Cox, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Nuclear Learning
During the presidential administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy the United States slipped from a position of massive nuclear superiority over the Soviet Union to one of perceived mutual vulnerability. Drawing extensively upon archival materials, Andreas Wenger, a leading young Swiss analyst of world politics, argues that these were the decisive years of the nuclear era, the years when the most
Cambridge Review Of International Affairs
Wenger narrates a compelling account of the political and psycological forces that shaped the nuclear weapons strategies of Eisenhower and Kennedy. Wenger convincingly demonstrates that the level of destruction inherent in nuclear use created a gap between the theory and pratice of nuclear strategy. Wenger contributes a timely reminder of these realities and the continuing importance of the past for comtemporary nuclear debates.
— Patricia Ownes
Political Studies
It is one of the many strengths of Wenger's exemplary and well-researched study to remind a new generation of IR students (whose indifference to history is wondrous to behold) of the complexity of a world that once was, but is no more.
— Michael Cox, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
R. L. Wendzel
Thoroughly researched and well argued, this book makes a major contribution to the literature.
Niall Michelsen
Meticulously documented and researched...Highly recommended for historian of the nuclear age and for students pursuing research topics in this area or time period.
Richard H. Ullman
Wenger's highly readable account comes as close as historians are likely to get to an authoritative retelling of a complex past.
Cambridge Review of International Affairs - Patricia Ownes
Wenger narrates a compelling account of the political and psycological forces that shaped the nuclear weapons strategies of Eisenhower and Kennedy. Wenger convincingly demonstrates that the level of destruction inherent in nuclear use created a gap between the theory and pratice of nuclear strategy. Wenger contributes a timely reminder of these realities and the continuing importance of the past for comtemporary nuclear debates.
Joseph Richard Goldman
Historians and political scientists will find new insights into the debate surrounding the Cold War and American policy based on deterrence and change . . . a real tour de force.
Political Studies Review - Michael Cox
It is one of the many strengths of Wenger's exemplary and well-researched study to remind a new generation of IR students (whose indifference to history is wondrous to behold) of the complexity of a world that once was, but is no more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780585114187
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
1 MB

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