Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War
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. Read full review
This book completely changed the way I look at American history. Gaddis's incredible access to Kennan and other policymakers made this book a really compelling read, and he does a great job of explaining the thought process behind a lot of the decisions made during the Cold War and how the American political system helped shape those decisions.
NSC68 and the Korean War
Eisenhower Dulles and the New Look
Implementing the New Look
Kennedy Johnson and Flexible Response
Implementing Flexible Response Vietnam as a Test Case
Nixon Kissinger and Détente