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The fifty-year War : conflict and strategy in the Cold War
Friedman, Norman, 1946-
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Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2000]

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xvii, 597 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Written by an internationally respected analyst and author, "The Fifty-Year War" offers powerful, fast-moving narrative that brings the complexities of the Cold War into focus.

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Norman Friedman is an internationally known strategist and specialist in the fields of weapons design and development

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Friedman's work is a magisterial treatment of the Cold War. Unlike some scholars, such as Walter Lafeber and John Gaddis, Friedman emphasizes diplomacy rather than military strategy. The West, he declared, "won" the Cold War because the Soviet system was unprepared to rebuild its military in the 1980s. Friedman speaks of the "computer bombs," i.e., the clear superiority of American technology as the decisive factor. His judgments on US Presidents and decision makers are incisive and clear. He praises President Truman for not underestimating the Soviet Union and Dwight Eisenhower for not overestimating the USSR. He convincingly demonstrates American superiority in the 1950s and 1960s. Only in the 1970s, because of the military policies of Johnson and Nixon, did the Soviet Union become a near-equal player on the world stage. If, in Friedman's eyes, there is one persistent bungler on the American side, it was the Central Intelligence Agency, which either overestimated Soviet strength (as it did in the 1950s) or underrated the USSR in the 1970s and '80s. A superb work; all levels. D. R. Turner; Davis and Elkins College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part 1 Setting the Stagep. 1
1 War and Communismp. 3
2 Stalin's Soviet Unionp. 16
3 The West in 1945p. 25
4 The Nuclear Revolution in Warfarep. 33
Part 2 Outbreakp. 41
5 Initial Probesp. 43
6 Open Warp. 57
7 The Marshall Plan and NATOp. 70
8 Tito and Maop. 91
9 Rising Nationalismp. 102
10 Stalin's Military Buildupp. 115
11 Countering Stalin's Hordesp. 123
Part 3 Crises in a Nuclear Worldp. 133
12 Living with Stalin's Bomb: NSC 68p. 135
13 The "Super"p. 144
14 Crisis in the Eastp. 149
15 Defending Europep. 171
16 Crisis: Indochinap. 180
17 Enter Khrushchevp. 186
18 The "New Look"p. 193
19 Khrushchev's "New Look"p. 211
20 Disaster via the Middle Eastp. 217
Part 4 Stalematep. 229
21 The Missile Racep. 231
22 Crisis Timep. 241
23 Kennedy and "Wars of National Liberation"p. 252
24 Crises in Europe and Cubap. 271
25 The McNamara Broomp. 283
26 De Gaulle vs. NATOp. 295
Part 5 The West on the Defensivep. 299
27 The Brezhnev Coupp. 301
28 Vietnamp. 308
29 Disasterp. 332
30 Repressionp. 344
31 Peace without Victoryp. 354
32 Brezhnev's Buildupsp. 373
33 Detente and Discontentp. 382
34 The West at Bayp. 394
35 Nadirp. 421
Part 6 Counterattack and Victoryp. 443
36 The Computer Bombp. 445
37 Counterattack: The West Rearmsp. 452
38 Unexpected Victoryp. 467
Notesp. 491
Bibliographyp. 561
Indexp. 577