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Waging Peace : How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy - Robert R. Bowie

Waging Peace

How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780195062649
Number Of Pages: 336

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Waging Peace offers the first fully comprehensive study of Eisenhower's "New Look" program of national security, which provided the groundwork for the next three decades of America's Cold War strategy. Though the Cold War itself and the idea of containment originated under Truman, it was left to Eisenhower to develop the first coherent and sustainable strategy for addressing the issues unique to the nuclear age. To this end, he designated a decision-making system centered around the National Security Council to take full advantage of the expertise and data from various departments and agencies and of the judgment of his principal advisors. The result was the formation of a "long haul" strategy of preventing war and Soviet expansion and of mitigating Soviet hostility. Only now, in the aftermath of the Cold War, can Eisenhower's achievement be fully appreciated.
This book will be of much interest to scholars and students of the Eisenhower era, diplomatic history, the Cold War, and contemporary foreign policy.

"Together, the two authors have thoroughly researched and elegantly analyzed Eisenhower's basic national security strategy....the authors present their points and supporting evidence on the Eisenhower administration so clearly that it it not difficult to draw larger conclusions. This book provides an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Eisenhower, American foreign policy, and presidential decision making, and will be of great interest to faculty and students alike."--Political Science Quarterly "Immerman and Bowie have written a stimulating, indispensable account of the Eisenhower Administration's Cold War strategy."--Melvyn P. Leffler, Stettinius Professor of American History, University of Virginia "A detached history, striving for objectivity but informed by firsthand knowledge of people and events, Waging Peace is an extraordinarily important contribution to our understanding of U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s. It will reshape thinking and writing about both the Truman and Eisenhower administrations."--Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of History, Harvard University "It is a superb contribution to our understanding not only of the ways in which President Eisenhower and his Administration dealt with the challenging security and foreign policy issues of that period but more broadly of the nature and value of responsible leadership in the American presidency. The account the authors have provided is authentic and informative, and will be of lasting value."--Andrew J. Goodpaster, Co-Chair, The Atlantic Council of the United States "Bowie and Immerman have given us the best study of Eisenhower's security policy and the processes by which it was produced. Both carry important lessons for our times and are supported by a wealth of detail and analysis. It changed my understanding of the Eisenhower administration."--Robert Jervis, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University "Together, the two authors have thoroughly researched and elegantly analyzed Eisenhower's basic national security strategy....the authors present their points and supporting evidence on the Eisenhower administration so clearly that it it not difficult to draw larger conclusions. This book provides an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Eisenhower, American foreign policy, and presidential decision making, and will be of great interest to faculty and students alike."--Political Science Quarterly "Immerman and Bowie have written a stimulating, indispensable account of the Eisenhower Administration's Cold War strategy."--Melvyn P. Leffler, Stettinius Professor of American History, University of Virginia "A detached history, striving for objectivity but informed by firsthand knowledge of people and events, Waging Peace is an extraordinarily important contribution to our understanding of U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s. It will reshape thinking and writing about both the Truman and Eisenhower administrations."--Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of History, Harvard University "It is a superb contribution to our understanding not only of the ways in which President Eisenhower and his Administration dealt with the challenging security and foreign policy issues of that period but more broadly of the nature and value of responsible leadership in the American presidency. The account the authors have provided is authentic and informative, and will be of lasting value."--Andrew J. Goodpaster, Co-Chair, The Atlantic Council of the United States "Bowie and Immerman have given us the best study of Eisenhower's security policy and the processes by which it was produced. Both carry important lessons for our times and are supported by a wealth of detail and analysis. It changed my understanding of the Eisenhower administration."--Robert Jervis, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University "Waging Peace is an important contribution to Eisenhower scholarship...the book provides a valuable synthesis combined with a compelling exposition of the surprisingly modern policy competition within the administration."--Perspectives on Political Science "A superb piece of scholarship. The very best on its subject!"--William B. Pickett, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology "Waging Peace is the most comprehensive treatment of the policy-making process behind the New Look....[the book] will be essential reading for all historians, political scientists, and policy analysts interested in Cold War national security policy and, more broadly, the relationship between the policy-making process and strategy."--The Journal of Military History

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Prologuep. 9
The Truman Legacyp. 11
The Prepresidential Eisenhowerp. 41
The Presecretarial Dullesp. 55
Campaigning for Security with Solvencyp. 70
Processes and Inputsp. 81
Organizing for National Securityp. 83
How Much is Enough?p. 96
A Chance for Peace?p. 109
The Solarium Exercisep. 123
Preparing the Basic National Security Strategyp. 139
The Strategyp. 147
The Sino-Soviet Threatp. 149
Strategic Objectives: Rollback?p. 158
Military Strategyp. 178
Strengthening the Noncommunist Worldp. 202
Reducing the Nuclear Danger: Arms Controlp. 222
Epiloguep. 243
The Eisenhower Legacyp. 245
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780195062649
ISBN-10: 0195062647
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.21 x 16.43  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.64