Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War / Edition 2

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Overview

When Strategies of Containment was first published, the Soviet Union was still a superpower, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, and the Berlin Wall was still standing. This updated edition of Gaddis' classic carries the history of containment through the end of the Cold War. Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's postwar plans, Gaddis provides a thorough critical analysis of George F. Kennan's original strategy of containment, NSC-68, The Eisenhower-Dulles "New Look," the Kennedy-Johnson "flexible response" strategy, the Nixon-Kissinger strategy of detente, and now a comprehensive assessment of how Reagan - and Gorbechev - completed the process of containment, thereby bringing the Cold War to an end.

He concludes, provocatively, that Reagan more effectively than any other Cold War president drew upon the strengths of both approaches while avoiding their weaknesses. A must-read for anyone interested in Cold War history, grand strategy, and the origins of the post-Cold War world.

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Gaddis here revises his 1982 original to reflect changes since the end of the Cold War and a morphing political climate. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195174472
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2005
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 334,379
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale university, a winner of the Bancroft Prize, and a preeminent expert on the Cold War.

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Table of Contents

1 Prologue : containment before Kennan 3
2 George F. Kennan and the strategy of containment 24
3 Implementing containment 53
4 NSC-68 and the Korean War 87
5 Eisenhower, Dulles, and the new look 125
6 Implementing the new look 162
7 Kennedy, Johnson, and flexible response 197
8 Implementing flexible response : Vietnam as a test case 235
9 Nixon, Kissinger, and Detente 272
10 Implementing Detente 307
11 Reagan, Gorbachev, and the completion of containment 342
12 Epilogue : containment after the Cold War 380
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