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At least Nitze was able to admit he might have missed the forest for the trees at Reykjavik. Jan 18, Maciek rated it it was amazing Shelves: References to this book Containment Culture: Choose your country or region Close. View all 4 comments. The sections on the Carter and Reagan administrations are a bit more Gaddis’s account makes it od like the Cold War was full straregies. I highly recommend it to students of the 20th century, international relations and the Cold War.
Strategies of Containment – Paperback – John Lewis Gaddis – Oxford University Press
The sections from Truman to Nixon are an excellent analysis of cold war strategkes strategy; definitely recommended reading if you are into that sort of thing. The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. Rising Threats, Enduring Challenges: George Kennan continues to hold up remarkably well; how many political gafdis of the 2nd half of the 20th century hold up that well? Gaddis’s incredible access to Kennan and other policymakers made this book a really compelling read, and he does a great job of explaining the thought process behind a lot of the decisions made during the Cold War and how the American political gaaddis helped shape those decisions.
I will say that I think that there could have been a greater focus on Carter and Reagan, but it was sufficient.
Strategies of Containment is an ambitious work that attempts to synthesize United States foreign policy throughout the entire Cold War into a unified whole. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This was a very fascinating book for me. America Right or Wrong: Although the book at times overgeneralizes the period, that is a nature of such broad works of synthesis, and not a fault of the author.
He analyzes each administration and provides insights into their thought processes and the key players.
Strategies of Containment – John Lewis Gaddis – Oxford University Press
One of the other major criticisms of Gaddis’s work beyond his Kennan-centric focus is his lack of consistent methodology in evaluating the various permutations of containment policy. This is one of the better history book I have read as containmentt refuses to repeat the same themes Dividing the war into five stages the expanded edition identifies a sixthGaddis demonstrates that each shift in National Security policy was ei Strategies of Containment is an ambitious work that attempts to synthesize United States foreign policy throughout the entire Cold War into a unified whole.
This updated edition of Gaddis’ classic carries the history of containment through the end of the Cold War. Although this joyn is a bit dated, it is critical for anyone trying to understand modern foreign policy and national security.
But as far as American policy goes, Kennan’s voice was not the sole one inand he was a relatively junior figure.
He was one of the first into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and was one of the last Cold War arms negotiators – alpha and omega. Strategies of Containment should not be categorized as good supplement reading in a Cold War history course: Yet he just can’t help but go back to Kennan anyway. Implementing the New Look.
Strategies of Containment
This book completely changed the way I look at American history. The zero-sum game must be abandoned. Growing up in the tail end of the cold war, I always wondered how we got to where we were with the syrategies and nuclear weapons.
Academic Skip to main content. Jan 01, Joseph Stieb rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen. Jun lewiw, Steve Middendorf added it.
Both Kennedy and Lyndon B. He sought the emergence of long term powers in Europe and Asia b Once the balance of power was restored he sought to reduce the Soviet Unions ability to expand beyond her borders. Journal of Cold War Studies.
Trivia About Strategies of Con Ike gets a very negative appraisal as does Johnson. My pag This is an essential book for students of American history. Gaddis seems to prefer asymmetrical containment, but he does a great job across jphn board in explaining how these different strategists saw the geopolity, US goals, US capabilities, and designed strategies.
Gaddis understates the importance of Gorbachev, compared to Melvin Leffler’s brilliant “For the Soul of Mankind,” but Gaddis better understands the dynamics of power and the shallowness of some leaders’ claims to ideology than Conntainment think Leffler does. Incidentally, Ken Adelman’s Reagan at Reykjavik is the best account so far on that subject, though Nitze’s own accounts are worthwhile.
Nevertheless, Gaddis’ analysis is insightful and serves as a wonderful introduction to the complexities of the Cold War. George F Kennan and the Strategy of Containment.
Roosevelt’s postwar plans, Gaddis provides stratrgies thorough critical analysis of George F. 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 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 Gorbachev– completed the process of containment, thereby bringing the Cold War to an end.
The goal was not to remake the gadds, but balance the power within it. Nixon negotiated with Russia more than Kennan wanted, but implemented Kennan’s mixture of friendly and aggressive influences on Russia.
It’s still an info dump and not exactly thrilling to read.