Norstad

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This book offers a biography of the most glamorous and powerful NATO Supreme Commander of the Cold War, General Lauris Norstad, as both a "nuclear" general and an "international" general. His primary goal was to keep the Alliance together as he accommodated British and French nuclear ambitions while forestalling the same in West Germany. He also was at the center of the political/military maneuverings over Berlin and the Soviet attempt to blackmail the West into recognizing East Germany, all of which culminated ...

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Overview

This book offers a biography of the most glamorous and powerful NATO Supreme Commander of the Cold War, General Lauris Norstad, as both a "nuclear" general and an "international" general. His primary goal was to keep the Alliance together as he accommodated British and French nuclear ambitions while forestalling the same in West Germany. He also was at the center of the political/military maneuverings over Berlin and the Soviet attempt to blackmail the West into recognizing East Germany, all of which culminated in the building of the infamous "Wall."

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“Robert S. Jordan...tells Norstad's story with unusual insight...a first-rate piece of scholarship that contains compelling insights and lessons.” —Air Power History

“...an important work that is thoroughly researched, nicely written, and most insightful.” —Naval War College Review

Naval War College Review
...an important work that is thoroughly researched,nicely written,and most insightful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312226701
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/7/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Jordan is Research Professor of International Institutions at the University of New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Frontispiece—General Lauris Norstad, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
• Foreword—Dr. Robert O'Neill, Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, Oxford University
Part I: On Becoming SACEUR
• The End of the Beginning
• Applying Planning and Operational Skills in North African and the Pacific
• The Battles for Unification and for Berlin
• Norstad and the "Grand Strategy" for the Cold War
Part II: On Being SACEUR
• Nuclear Weapons for Europe's Defense: Norstad and the Eisenhower Administration
• The 1958-1959 Berlin Crisis: Putting the Consultative Machinery in Place
• The Berlin Crisis Intensifies
• The 1961-1962 Berlin Crisis: The Unraveling of a Relationship
• The End Nears
• Conclusions

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