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

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Oxford University Press, Jun 23, 2005 - History - 512 pages
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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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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.  

Strategies of containment: a critical appraisal of American national security policy during the Cold War

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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

Contents

George F Kennan and the Strategy of Containment
24
Implementing Containment
53
NSC68 and the Korean War
87
Eisenhower Dulles and the New Look
125
Implementing the New Look
162
Kennedy Johnson and Flexible Response
197
Implementing Flexible Response Vietnam as a Test Case
235
Nixon Kissinger and Détente
272
Implementing Détente
307
Reagan Gorbachev and the Completion of Containment
342
Epilogue Containment After the Cold War
380
Appendix
393
Notes
395
Bibliography
455
Index
473
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