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Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam /
Lawrence Freedman.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
description
xx, 528 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195134532 (alk. paper)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
isbn
0195134532 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4007649
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
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
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Arthur Ross Book Awards, USA, 2002 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-11-01:
As the author of nearly 20 books dealing with various aspects of nuclear strategy and the Cold War, Freedman (war studies, King's Coll., London) brings an erudite and penetrating intelligence to his study of Kennedy's foreign policy. As the subtitle suggests, Lawrence tackles the major perplexing Cold War issues that confronted Kennedy during his 1000-day presidency. Whether it is the scariness of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 or the frustrations of handling a rambunctious Khrushchev over Berlin, Lawrence provides a solidly researched framework for his discussion of the major points pertinent to each episode. He argues that Kennedy was a Cold Warrior surrounded by men of similar attitude, such as McNamara, Bundy, Acheson, and Rostow, all of whom saw the Soviet Union as a dangerous enemy that could not be trusted. Yet, Lawrence concludes, by the time of Kennedy's death in November 1963, the worst of the Cold War had passedDalthough the United States did not sense this for several years to come. Lawrence's book is an excellent treatment of U.S. foreign policy during this dynamic era and an insightful portrait of John F. Kennedy as a leader. Highly recommended for all collections.DEd Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An admirably rich and careful study."--The Economist
"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 Kennedy 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
"Combining remarkable insight into issues of nuclear strategy and adetachment from American controversies and emotions about Camelot, Kennedy'sWars powerfully illustrates both the intricacy and the horror of the Kennedyadministration'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 ofJFK's own coolness." --Ernest May, Kennedy School of Government, HarvardUniversity
"Freedman brings an erudite and penetrating intelligence to his study of Kennedy's foreign policy.... An excellent treatment of U.S. foreign policy during this dynamic era and an insightful portrait of John F. Kennedy as a leader."--Library Journal
"Freedman brings an erudite and penetrating intelligence to his study ofKennedy's foreign policy.... An excellent treatment of U.S. foreign policyduring this dynamic era and an insightful portrait of John F. Kennedy as aleader."--Library Journal
"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
"In this superbly researched and elegantly written book, Lawrence Freedmansheds new light on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' handling of foreignaffairs. Freedman's analysis of the brinkmanship of the Cold War and Vietnam isoriginal. While I do not agree with every interpretation, Kennedy's Warschallenges common knowledge about what happened and why and points to lessons wecan apply to the future." --Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense,1961-1968
"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.
"Lawrence Freedman's Kennedy's Wars is an elegant work, incisivelywritten, penetrating and dispassionate in analysis--the best account we have ofPresident Kennedy's foreign policy."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
"Lawrence Freedman'sKennedy's Warsis 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 Warschallenges 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 Warspowerfully 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'sKennedy's Warsis 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 Kennedy 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 "Freedman brings an erudite and penetrating intelligence to his study of Kennedy's foreign policy.... An excellent treatment of U.S. foreign policy during this dynamic era and an insightful portrait of John F. Kennedy as a leader."-- Library Journal "An admirably rich and careful study."-- The Economist
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text 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.
Long Description
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 maintaining U.S. solidarity 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. The book follows Kennedy as he wrestles with the succession of major conflicts--taking advice, weighing the risks of inadvertently escalating the Cold War into outright military confrontation, exploring diplomatic options, and forming strategic judgments that would eventually prevent a major war during his presidency.
Main Description
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 maintaining U.S. solidaritywithout 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 policyestablishment 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 evaluatestheir 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 the succession ofmajor conflicts-taking advice, weighing the risks of inadvertantly escalating the Cold War into outright military confrontation, exploring diplomatic options, and forming strategic judgments that would eventually prevent a major war during his 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 balancedconsideration of the president's foreign policy and provocative "what if" scenarios invaluable keys to understanding his accomplishments, failures, and enduring legacy.
Main Description
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 maintaining U.S. solidarity without leading the western world into a nuclear catastrophe. InKennedy'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 the succession of major conflicts--taking advice, weighing the risks of inadvertently escalating the Cold War into outright military confrontation, exploring diplomatic options, and forming strategic judgments that would eventually prevent a major war during his presidency. Kennedy's Warsoffers 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.
Main Description
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 maintaining U.S. solidarity 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. The book follows Kennedy as he wrestles with the succession of major conflicts--taking advice, weighing the risks of inadvertently escalating the Cold War into outright military confrontation, exploring diplomatic options, and forming strategic judgments that would eventually prevent a major war during his presidency.
Unpaid Annotation
In this examination of President John F. Kennedy's dealings with tensions in Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam, a noted historian draws on the best of Cold War scholarship and newly released government documents to illuminate Kennedy as an effective military strategist who was able to prevent a major war during his presidency. 16 halftones. 3 maps.
Table of Contents
Preface: Kennedy's Warsp. ix
Dramatis Personaep. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The Cold War and How to Fight It
Liberal Anticommunismp. 13
Beyond Massive Retaliationp. 18
The Third World Alternativep. 27
Policies and Peoplep. 32
Berlin and Nuclear Strategy
The New Strategyp. 45
To Vienna and Backp. 51
The Berlin Anomalyp. 58
A Contest of Resolvep. 66
The Wallp. 72
Tests and Tensionp. 79
Flexible Responsep. 92
Berlin to Cubap. 112
Cuba
Removing Castrop. 123
A Deniable Planp. 129
An Undeniable Fiascop. 139
Still Castrop. 147
Mongoosep. 153
Searching for Missilesp. 161
The Options Debatedp. 170
Blockadep. 182
Military Stepsp. 193
Political Stepsp. 203
The Denouementp. 208
A Crisis Managedp. 218
Aftermathp. 225
Back to Square Onep. 238
Alliances and Detente
The Sino-Soviet Splitp. 249
Toward a Test Banp. 261
The Test Ban Treatyp. 270
Measured Responsep. 276
Vietnam
Counterinsurgencyp. 287
Laosp. 293
Commitment without Combatp. 305
Deciding not to Decidep. 313
The Taylor Reportp. 322
Decisionsp. 330
The Influence of Laosp. 340
In the Darkp. 356
Coercion and Clientsp. 367
Diem's Assassinationp. 382
Kennedy to Johnsonp. 398
Conclusionp. 415
Acknowledgmentsp. 421
Notesp. 423
Bibliographyp. 489
Indexp. 507
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