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Waging peace : how Eisenhower shaped an enduring cold war strategy
Bowie, Robert R. (Robert Richardson), 1909-2013.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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x, 317 pages ; 24 cm
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1590 Lexile.
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E835 .B66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 leftto 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 andagencies 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.

Author Notes

Robert R. Bowie is Emeritus Director of the Center for International Studies at Harvard University. Richard H. Immerman is a Professor at the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Part 1 Prologuep. 9
1 The Truman Legacyp. 11
2 The Prepresidential Eisenhowerp. 41
3 The Presecretarial Dullesp. 55
4 Campaigning for Security with Solvencyp. 70
Part II Processes and Inputsp. 81
5 Organizing for National Securityp. 83
6 How Much is Enough?p. 96
7 A Chance for Peace?p. 109
8 The Solarium Exercisep. 123
9 Preparing the Basic National Security Strategyp. 139
Part III The Strategyp. 147
10 The Sino-Soviet Threatp. 149
11 Strategic Objectives: Rollback?p. 158
12 Military Strategyp. 178
13 Strengthening the Noncommunist Worldp. 202
14 Reducing the Nuclear Danger: Arms Controlp. 222
Part IV Epiloguep. 243
15 The Eisenhower Legacyp. 245
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 307