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Kennedy's Quest for Victory : American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963 - Thomas G. Paterson

Kennedy's Quest for Victory

American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963

By: Thomas G. Paterson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th February 1989
ISBN: 9780195045840
Number Of Pages: 432

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The first major reassessment of John F. Kennedy's foreign policy since his death, this volume of original essays compels new thinking about the 1960s. Basing their analysis on extensive research in archival documents and oral histories, twelve accomplished historians explore the primary foreign policy assumptions and objectives of Kennedy and his advisers. The contributors examine the Cold War, global crisis, domestic politics, decision-making, personality and style, and historical lessons in shaping Kennedy's diplomacy.
This provocative volume explores such key issues as the Atlantic alliance, nuclear arms, United States economic hegemony, the Cuban missile crisis and the covert war against Fidel Castro, Third World neutralism, the Peace Corps, and the Vietnam War. The contributors also examine the Kennedy Administration's policies towards Latin America, Canada, the Middle East, South Asia, China, and Africa, and assess the costs and consequences of Kennedy's record. The Kennedy legacy included a deepening war in Vietnam, an accelerated nuclear arms race, excessive activism in the Third World, greater factionalism in the Atlantic community, and a globalism of overcommitment.
These well-researched essays challenge us to reckon with a past that has not always matched the selfless and self-satisfying image Americans have of their foreign policy and of Kennedy as their young, fallen hero who never had a chance to fulfill his goals. Identifying arrogance, ignorance, impatience, and exaggerations of the Communist threat as the factors that actually denied Kennedy the victory he craved, this study reveals that he had his chance--and he failed.

"This looks like the best choice for any course covering the Cold War, with its scope covering the entire period."--John R.M. Wilson, Southern California College "Valuable and interesting."--The Journal of American History "Written by some of our very best younger scholars, based on impressive research...and having both breadth and depth, Kennedy's Quest For Victory is in my view the best account we have of Kennedy's foreign policies."--Walter LaFeber, Cornell University "First-class archivally based articles on specific aspects of foreign policy in the Kennedy years."--Foreign Affairs "This looks like the best choice for any course covering the Cold War, with its scope covering the entire period."--John R.M. Wilson, Southern California College "Valuable and interesting."--The Journal of American History "Written by some of our very best younger scholars, based on impressive research...and having both breadth and depth, Kennedy's Quest For Victory is in my view the best account we have of Kennedy's foreign policies."--Walter LaFeber, Cornell University "First-class archivally based articles on specific aspects of foreign policy in the Kennedy years."--Foreign Affairs

The Authorsp. xiii
Introduction: John F. Kennedy's Quest for Victory and Global Crisisp. 3
The Pursuit of Atlantic Community: Nuclear Arms, Dollars, and Berlinp. 24
Defending Hegemony: American Foreign Economic Policyp. 57
When Push Came to Shove: Canada and the United Statesp. 86
Controlling Revolutions: Latin America, the Alliance for Progress, and Cold War Anti-Communismp. 105
Fixation with Cuba: The Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, and Covert War Against Fidel Castrop. 123
From Even-Handed to Empty-Handed: Seeking Order in the Middle Eastp. 156
Clinging to Containment: China Policyp. 178
Choosing Sides in South Asiap. 198
The Failed Search for Victory: Vietnam and the Politics of Warp. 223
New Frontiers and Old Priorities in Africap. 253
Passing the Torch and Lighting Fires: The Peace Corpsp. 284
Abbreviations Used in the Notesp. 317
Notesp. 318
Selected Bibliographyp. 384
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780195045840
ISBN-10: 019504584X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 16th February 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.79 x 14.22  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.43