Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Longman, 1999 - History - 416 pages
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One of the most influental political science works written in the post World War II era, the original edition of Essence of Decision is a unique and fascinating examination of the pivotal event of the cold Cold War. Not simply revised, but completely re-written, the Second Edition of this classic text is a fresh reinterpretation of the theories and events surrounding the Cuban Missle Crisis, incorporating all new information from the Kennedy tapes and recently declassified Soviet files. Essence of Decision Second Edition, is a vivid look at decision-making under pressure and is the only single volume work that attempts to answer the enduring question: how should citizens understand the actions of their government?

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Review: Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Excellent analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis from three different analytical points of view. Anyone interested in foreign policy should read this book. It is long, but it was a fast read. Read full review

Review: Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

User Review  - Harold Chamberlain - Goodreads

A great use of a historical case study (the Cuban Missile Crisis) to illustrate foreign policy theory. If you want to understand some of the major discussions on how policy is created and executed, this book is about the best you will find. Read full review


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Graham Allison, founding dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government. He served as assistant secretary of defense for policy and plans and is the author of "Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis," He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Zelikow-Asso. Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Univ.

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