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The Resource Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam, Lawrence Freedman

Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam, Lawrence Freedman

Label
Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam
Title
Kennedy's wars
Title remainder
Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Freedman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In his thousand-day presidency, John F. Kennedy led America through one of its most difficult and potentially explosive eras. With the Cold War at its height and the threat of communist advances in Europe and the Third World, Kennedy had the unenviable task of sustaining political support at home without leading the western world into a nuclear catastrophe." "In Kennedy's Wars, noted historian Lawrence Freedman draws on the best of Cold War scholarship and newly released government documents to illuminate Kennedy's approach to war and his efforts for peace. He recreates insightfully the political and intellectual milieu of the foreign policy establishment during Kennedy's era with vivid profiles of his top advisors - Robert McNamara, Dean Rusk, Robert Kennedy - and influential figures such as Dean Acheson and Walt Rostow. Tracing the evolution of traditional liberalism into the Cold War liberalism of Kennedy's cabinet, Freedman evaluates their responses to the tensions in Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam. He gives each conflict individual attention, showing how foreign policy decisions came to be defined for each new crisis in the light of those that had gone before. Readers will follow Kennedy as he wrestles with a succession of major conflicts - taking advice, weighing the risks of inadvertantly escalating the Cold War into outright military confrontation, and exploring diplomatic options. Freedman explains the strategic judgments that served to prevent a major war during Kennedy's presidency." "Kennedy's Wars offers a dynamic and human portrait of Kennedy under pressure: a political leader shaped by the ideas of his time, conscious of his vulnerability to electoral defeat but also of his nation's vulnerability to nuclear war. Military and Kennedy enthusiasts will find its balanced consideration of the president's foreign policy and provocative "what if" scenarios invaluable keys to understanding his accomplishments, failures, and enduring legacy."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Freedman, Lawrence
Dewey number
973.922
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E841
LC item number
.F69 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • United States
  • United States
  • Cuba
Label
Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam, Lawrence Freedman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [489]-505) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The wall
  • Tests and tension
  • Flexible response
  • Berlin to Cuba
  • Removing Castro
  • A deniable plan
  • An undeniable fiasco
  • Still Castro
  • Mongoose
  • Searching for missiles
  • Liberal anticommunism
  • The options debated
  • Blockade
  • Military steps
  • Political steps
  • The denouement
  • A crisis managed
  • Aftermath
  • Back to square one
  • The Sino-Soviet split
  • Toward a test ban
  • Beyond massive retaliation
  • The test ban treaty
  • Measured response
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Laos
  • Commitment without combat
  • Deciding not to decide
  • The Taylor report
  • Decisions
  • The influence of Laos
  • In the dark
  • The third world alternative
  • Coersion and clients
  • Diem's assassination
  • Kennedy to Johnson
  • Policies and people
  • The new strategy
  • To Vienna and back
  • The Berlin anomaly
  • A contest of resolve
Control code
43118283
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 528 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195134537
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99087898
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam, Lawrence Freedman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [489]-505) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The wall
  • Tests and tension
  • Flexible response
  • Berlin to Cuba
  • Removing Castro
  • A deniable plan
  • An undeniable fiasco
  • Still Castro
  • Mongoose
  • Searching for missiles
  • Liberal anticommunism
  • The options debated
  • Blockade
  • Military steps
  • Political steps
  • The denouement
  • A crisis managed
  • Aftermath
  • Back to square one
  • The Sino-Soviet split
  • Toward a test ban
  • Beyond massive retaliation
  • The test ban treaty
  • Measured response
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Laos
  • Commitment without combat
  • Deciding not to decide
  • The Taylor report
  • Decisions
  • The influence of Laos
  • In the dark
  • The third world alternative
  • Coersion and clients
  • Diem's assassination
  • Kennedy to Johnson
  • Policies and people
  • The new strategy
  • To Vienna and back
  • The Berlin anomaly
  • A contest of resolve
Control code
43118283
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 528 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195134537
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99087898
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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