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Title:
Kennedy's quest for victory : American foreign policy, 1961-1963
Author:
Paterson, Thomas G., 1941-
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xv, 407 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction : John F. Kennedy's quest for victory and the global crisis / Thomas G. Paterson -- The "new Atlantic community" / Frank Costigliola -- Defending hegemony / William S. Borden -- When push came to shove / J.L. Granatstein -- Controlling revolutions / Stephen G. Rabe -- Fixation with Cuba / Thomas G. Paterson -- From even-handed to empty-handed / Douglas Little -- Clinging to containment / James Fetzer -- Choosing sides in south Asia / The failed search for victory / Lawrence J. Bassett and Stephen E. Pelz -- New frontiers and old priorities / Thomas J. Noer -- Passing the torch and lighting fires / Gary May.
ISBN:
9780195045857

9780195045840
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Summary

Based on extensive research in archives and oral histories, this volume of original essays explores the primary foreign policy assumptions and objectives of Kennedy and his advisers and the importance of domestic politics, international change, personality and style, and historical lessons in shaping Kennedy's diplomacy.


Author Notes

Thomas G. Paterson is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, Storrs


Thomas G. Paterson is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, Storrs


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Despite his prominence in the American mind and imagination, John F. Kennedy has received less scholarly attention than other modern presidents. His tragic death initially left analyses of his presidency, especially his foreign policies, to hagiographers and muckrakers. Earlier in this decade Herbert Parmet's biographies of John F. Kennedy (CH, Nov '80; Jul '83) represented a major step in rectifying this situation. This collection of essays is the next one. It goes a long way toward demythologizing Kennedy without reducing him to less than he was. The contributors are all respected historians of US foreign policy. Drawing on recently opened archives, they are uniformly critical but fair. Kennedy suffered from the Cold War and ethnocentric perspective of his generation, an infection frequently aggravated by his personality and style. The evidence presented does not support the argument that he became more conciliatory once in office--both the introduction and chapter on Vietnam, for example, reject the view that he would have withdrawn from that quagmire after reelection. Editor Paterson is less willing than other recent commentators to applaud Kennedy's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A definitive assessment of the foreign policy from 1961 to 1963 must await further declassification of documents. Nonetheless, this volume will remain must reading. All levels. -R. H. Immerman, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Choice Review

Despite his prominence in the American mind and imagination, John F. Kennedy has received less scholarly attention than other modern presidents. His tragic death initially left analyses of his presidency, especially his foreign policies, to hagiographers and muckrakers. Earlier in this decade Herbert Parmet's biographies of John F. Kennedy (CH, Nov '80; Jul '83) represented a major step in rectifying this situation. This collection of essays is the next one. It goes a long way toward demythologizing Kennedy without reducing him to less than he was. The contributors are all respected historians of US foreign policy. Drawing on recently opened archives, they are uniformly critical but fair. Kennedy suffered from the Cold War and ethnocentric perspective of his generation, an infection frequently aggravated by his personality and style. The evidence presented does not support the argument that he became more conciliatory once in office--both the introduction and chapter on Vietnam, for example, reject the view that he would have withdrawn from that quagmire after reelection. Editor Paterson is less willing than other recent commentators to applaud Kennedy's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A definitive assessment of the foreign policy from 1961 to 1963 must await further declassification of documents. Nonetheless, this volume will remain must reading. All levels. -R. H. Immerman, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Table of Contents

Thomas G. PatersonFrank CostigliolaWilliam S. BordenJ. L. GranatsteinStephen G. RabeThomas G. PatersonDouglas LittleJames FetzerRobert J. McMahonLawrence J. Bassett and Stephen E. PelzThomas J. NoerGary MayThomas G. PatersonFrank CostigliolaWilliam S. BordenJ. L. GranatsteinStephen G. RabeThomas G. PatersonDouglas LittleJames FetzerRobert J. McMahonLawrence J. Bassett and Stephen E. PelzThomas J. NoerGary May
The Authorsp. xiii
Introduction: John F. Kennedy's Quest for Victory and Global Crisisp. 3
1. The Pursuit of Atlantic Community: Nuclear Arms, Dollars, and Berlinp. 24
2. Defending Hegemony: American Foreign Economic Policyp. 57
3. When Push Came to Shove: Canada and the United Statesp. 86
4. Controlling Revolutions: Latin America, the Alliance for Progress, and Cold War Anti-Communismp. 105
5. Fixation with Cuba: The Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, and Covert War Against Fidel Castrop. 123
6. From Even-Handed to Empty-Handed: Seeking Order in the Middle Eastp. 156
7. Clinging to Containment: China Policyp. 178
8. Choosing Sides in South Asiap. 198
9. The Failed Search for Victory: Vietnam and the Politics of Warp. 223
10. New Frontiers and Old Priorities in Africap. 253
11. Passing the Torch and Lighting Fires: The Peace Corpsp. 284
Abbreviations Used in the Notesp. 317
Notesp. 318
Selected Bibliographyp. 384
Indexp. 395
The Authorsp. xiii
Introduction: John F. Kennedy's Quest for Victory and Global Crisisp. 3
1. The Pursuit of Atlantic Community: Nuclear Arms, Dollars, and Berlinp. 24
2. Defending Hegemony: American Foreign Economic Policyp. 57
3. When Push Came to Shove: Canada and the United Statesp. 86
4. Controlling Revolutions: Latin America, the Alliance for Progress, and Cold War Anti-Communismp. 105
5. Fixation with Cuba: The Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, and Covert War Against Fidel Castrop. 123
6. From Even-Handed to Empty-Handed: Seeking Order in the Middle Eastp. 156
7. Clinging to Containment: China Policyp. 178
8. Choosing Sides in South Asiap. 198
9. The Failed Search for Victory: Vietnam and the Politics of Warp. 223
10. New Frontiers and Old Priorities in Africap. 253
11. Passing the Torch and Lighting Fires: The Peace Corpsp. 284
Abbreviations Used in the Notesp. 317
Notesp. 318
Selected Bibliographyp. 384
Indexp. 395