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Lists with This Book. Thus, avoiding humiliation and the appearance of weakness became an end unto itself. Purchase Send feedback Also available as: Says Gaddis, “It is difficult to think of anything the Nixon administration could have done that would have produced a more dramatic shift in world power relationships of greater benefit to the United States at lower cost” These points especially come through in his discussion of Reagan, whom most academics and policy makers considered a neanderthal of strategy.
Jan 01, Joseph Stieb rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paul Nitze, who was in the policy trenches from WWII to the end of the Cold War had a much more influential role in shaping American containment policy than Kennan, who while his friend, remained his intellectual foil for most of their lives.
I learned so much from this book. Foreign Policy Andrew Price-Smith. That is why Kennan plays such a central role in this book.
Strategies of Containment
Because this book mixes history containmenh opinion, and that opinion is not always clear as to whether it is Gaddis’s or Kennan’s, it is best read with a focus on the history. Eisenhower Dulles and the New Look.
If you have the time and patience, it is a fascinating and worthwhile read. In Strategies of Dtrategies, John Lewis Gaddis clearly lays out the public policy on national security policy and how it evolved over time. John Ikenberry and Peter Trubowitz.
Dec 29, Brad Trefz rated it liked it. Gaddis organized multiple decades’ worth of policy within powerful conceptual frameworks that tied every successive administration together and created a very lucid big picture. Kennan’s argument for political containment ignored the immediate military threat, and oof he was critical of the “symmetrical” gadids of NSC, his own pronouncements on Containment largely failed to differentiate between vital and peripheral interests.
The expanded edition of the book explains Reagan’s policies of pushing the Soviet Union via increases in American military spending and political pressure. An updated edition of the classic work on the history of containment. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Instead it focuses on strategy. Very cogent and perceptive analysis of American foreign policy throughout the Cold War years, demarcated clearly by each president’s administration.
Gaddis correctly identifies that while Reagan may have provided the final shove, internal issues that contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union had been building for some time.
A House in the Sun Daniel A. Sep 05, John rated it really liked it Shelves: The ultimate goal was to prevent one bloc of nations from overcoming the US. It’s hard to deny that for all of his faults, Reagan’s overall strategy worked very well in bringing about a victorious and peaceful conclusion to the Cold War. May 08, Meg rated it it was amazing Shelves: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
This updated edition of Gaddis’ classic carries the history straegies containment through the end of the Cold War. Theoretical Essays Seventh Edition G. Truman and Ike were really on the steep part of that learning curve, and McNamara learned as well.
It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Kennedy’s presidency ushered in the fourth period. Christi Bartman, for inspiring my interest in the subject. Deep and serious analysis of the American government’s response to the Cold War, but with analytical and dry prose, reflecting the inquiry of political science and not the literary flair of the average narrative history.
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In asymmetrical containment Kennan, New Look, Detente the US tried to avoid playing to Soviet strengths conventional arms, for instance and defined American interests more narrowly, usually by focusing on threats that combined hostility, capability, and a vital area of the world.
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Mar 21, Max Nova rated it it was amazing Shelves: My pag This is an essential book for students of American history. Kennan’s original strategy of containment, NSC, The Eisenhower-Dulles “New Look,” the Kennedy-Johnson “flexible response” strategy, the Nixon-Kissinger strategy of detente, and now a comprehensive assessment of how Reagan – and Gorbechev – completed the process of containment, thereby bringing the Cold War to an end.
Kennan’s original strategy of containment, NSC, The Eisenhower-Dulles “New Look,” the Kennedy-Johnson “flexible response” strategy, the Nixon-Kissinger strategy of detente This updated edition now includes a comprehensive assessment of how Reagan – and Gorbechev – completed the process of containment, thereby bringing the Cold War to an end A must-read for anyone interested in Cold War history, grand strategy, and the origins of the post-Cold War world.
Roosevelt’s postwar plans, Gaddis provides a thorough cri 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.
Orals Reading Notes: Strategies of Containment, John Lewis Gaddis
Kennan post-Cold War moderated his views on Reagan and Reagan policy, but it was reluctant and more than a little self-serving. Nixon negotiated with Russia more than Kennan wanted, but implemented Kennan’s mixture of friendly and aggressive influences on Russia. Roosevelt’s postwar plans, Gaddis provides a thorough critical analysis of George F.
Ends with a summary of what can be transferred to future grand strategies. Gaddis seems to prefer asymmetrical containment, but he does a great job across the board in explaining how these different strategists saw the geopolity, US goals, US capabilities, and designed strategies.