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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.

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Originally published in 1965 and now reissued, this masterly edition of The Spectator was the first to provide an authoritative text, based on a complete collation of the original sheets, and the first to establish the authorship of the contributions to the journal. An extensive introduction

and commentary throw new light on problems of publication and enable the reader to enjoy these essays against the background of their own times. A full analytic index is included.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195152432
Author:
Freedman, Lawrence
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Lawrence
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Kennedy, John F
Subject:
United States Military policy.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2 volumes
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
5.3 x 8 x 1.2 in 1.006 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Originally published in 1965 and now reissued, this masterly edition of The Spectator was the first to provide an authoritative text, based on a complete collation of the original sheets, and the first to establish the authorship of the contributions to the journal. An extensive introduction

and commentary throw new light on problems of publication and enable the reader to enjoy these essays against the background of their own times. A full analytic index is included.

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