Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy

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Oxford University Press, 1982 - Diplomacy - 432 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 détente, and now a
comprehensive assessment of how Reagan-- and Gorbachev-- 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 exceedingly dense book recounts the Cold War policies of the United States from Truman through Reagan. This is one of the better history book I have read as it refuses to repeat the same themes ... Read full review


Prologue Containment Before Kennan
George F Kennan and the Strategy of Containment
Implementing Containment
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
Implementing Détente
Epilogue Containment after Kissinger

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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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