Kennedy's Wars

Kennedy's Wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was President of the United States when the Cold War was at its height, with crises developing over West Berlin, Cuba and Vietnam. Yet most biographies and books about the Presidency focus on the myth of Camelot, rather than Kennedy's role as a military president. Backed by a wealth of primary documents, Lawrence Freedman provides a vivid portrait of Kennedy as he wrestled with these big issues of war and peace.show more

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  • Hardback | 548 pages
  • 164.6 x 243.3 x 41.4mm | 1,064.96g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map, portraits
  • 0195134532
  • 9780195134537

Table of contents

Preface - Kennedy's Wars. Dramatis Personae. Introduction. Section 1: The Cold War and How to Fight It. 1: Liberal Anti Communism. 2: Beyond Massive Retaliation. 3: The Third World Alternative. 4: Policies and People. Section 2: Berlin and Nuclear Statagy. 5: The New Stratagy. 6: To Vienna and Back. 7: The Berlin Anomaly. 8: A Contest of Resolve. 9: The Wall. 10: Tests and Tension. 11: Flexible Response. 12: Berlin to Cuba. Section 3: Cuba13: . 13: Removing Castro. 14: A Deniable Plan. 15: A Undeniable Fiasco. 16: Still Castro. 17: Mongoose. 18: Searching for Missiles. 19: The Options Debated. 20: Blockade. 21: Military Steps. 22: Political Steps. 23: The Denoument. 24: A Crisis Managed. 25: Aftermath. 26: Back to Square One. Section 4: Alliances and Detente. 27: The Sino-Soviet Split. 28: Towards a Test Ban. 29: The Test Ban Treaty. 30: Measured Response. Section 5: Vietnam. 31: Counter-Insurgency. 32: Laos. 33: Commitment Without Combat. 34: Deciding Not To Decide. 35: The Taylor Report. 36: Decisions. 37: The Influence Of Laos. 38: In the Dark. 39: Coercion and Clients. 40: Diem's Assassination. 41: Kennedy to Johnson. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliographyshow more

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"Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's foreign policy."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."In this superbly researched and elegantly written book, Lawrence Freedman sheds new light on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' handling of foreign affairs. Freedman's analysis of the brinkmanship of the Cold War and Vietnam is original. While I do not agree with every interpretation, Kennedy's Wars challenges common knowledge about what happened and why and points to lessons we can apply to the future."--Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968"Combining remarkable insight into issues of nuclear strategy and a detachment from American controversies and emotions about Camelot, Kennedy's Wars powerfully illustrates both the intricacy and the horror of the Kenned administration's endless debates over issues such as 'program packages' and the SIOP. It not only evaluates what exactly was at stake; it does so with some of JFK's own coolness." --Ernest May, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University"An admirably rich and careful study."--The Economist"Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's "Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's foreign policy."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "In this superbly researched and elegantly written book, Lawrence Freedman sheds new light on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' handling of foreign affairs. Freedman's analysis of the brinkmanship of the Cold War and Vietnam is original. While I do not agree with every interpretation, Kennedy's Wars challenges common knowledge about what happened and why and points to lessons we can apply to the future."--Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968 "Combining remarkable insight into issues of nuclear strategy and a detachment from American controversies and emotions about Camelot, Kennedy's Wars powerfully illustrates both the intricacy and the horror of the Kenned administration's endless debates over issues such as 'program packages' and the SIOP. It not only evaluates what exactly was at stake; it does so with some of JFK's own coolness." --Ernest May, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University "An admirably rich and careful study."--The Economist "Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's "Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's foreign policy."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "In this superbly researched and elegantly written book, Lawrence Freedman sheds new light on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' handling of foreign affairs. Freedman's analysis of the brinkmanship of the Cold War and Vietnam is original. While I do not agree with every interpretation, Kennedy's Wars challenges common knowledge about what happened and why and points to lessons we can apply to the future."--Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968 "Combining remarkable insight into issues of nuclear strategy and a detachment from American controversies and emotions about Camelot, Kennedy's Wars powerfully illustrates both the intricacy and the horror of the Kenned administration's endless debates over issues such as 'program packages' and the SIOP. It not only evaluates what exactly was at stake; it does so with some of JFK's own coolness." --Ernest May, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University "An admirably rich and careful study."--The Economist "Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's "Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy's foreign policy."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."In this superbly researched and elegantly written book, Lawrence Freedman sheds new light on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' handling of foreign affairs. Freedman's analysis of the brinkmanship of the Cold War and Vietnam is original. While I do not agree with every interpretation, Kennedy's Wars challenges common knowledge about what happened and why and points to lessons we can apply to the future."--Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968"Combining remarkable insight into issues of nuclear strategy and a detachment from American controversies and emotions about Camelot, Kennedy's Wars powerfully illustrates both the intricacy and the horror of the Kenned administration's endless debates over issues such as 'program packages' and theSIOP. It not only evaluates what exactly was at stake; it does so with some of JFK's own coolness." --Ernest May, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University"An admirably rich and careful study."--The Economist"Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisively written, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have of President Kennedy'sshow more

About Lawrence Freedman

Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King's College, London since 1982. He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1995, he was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair as Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997.show more

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