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He thought the goal of policy should be to protect the security of the nation and advance the welfare of its people. May 24, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 06, Ben rated it it was amazing.

Additionally, Gaddis asserts that both of these administrations were obsessed with psychological factors — that they worried as much about appearances as reality.

It holds that the content is more important than the form, and will force its way through any formal structure which is placed upon it. Carter gets a more sympathetic treatment of his strategy than you would expect, and a lot of Reagan’s achievement is rightly attributed to Gorbachev, explicitly citing Kennan’s prediction stdategies the “X” article that change in Soviet behavior would only be possible with a new generation of leadership.

Reading the long telegram and his Mr. Instead of reading an abstract text, I recommend that anyone interested in strategy check out Gaddis for an exploration of how historical actors in different contexts developed and deployed strategies.

Dismissing this as dated or irrelevant is wtrategies huge mistake. Skip to main content. There are lessons to be learned here that should not be forgotten. To ask other readers questions about Strategies of Containmentplease sign up. Also, this is not a light read, and should be taken with time so that there can be a good grasp of some of the concepts.

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Strategies of Containment

He is, in short, a fair and mostly impartial judge of historical actors. References to this book Containment Culture: Gaddis seems to prefer asymmetrical containment, but he does a great job across the board in explaining how these different strategists saw the geopolity, US goals, US capabilities, and designed strategies.

But I can better appreciate how different administrations followed or diverged from Kennan’s recommendations. Further, the Soviet threat in and in were quite different. Eisenhower Dulles and the New Look. He concludes, provocatively, that Reagan more effectively than any other Cold War president drew upon the strengths of both approaches while avoiding their weaknesses.

Strategies of Containment – John Lewis Gaddis – Oxford University Press

The only semi-consistent methodology is his constant relation back to Kennan. Oct 29, Mike Hankins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Under symmetrical containment NSC, flexible response, Reagan’s early yearsthe US sought to meet Soviet strengths at all levels of conflict nuclear weapons, conventional arms, unconventional warfare and defined American interests very broadly under the basis of gadddis effect and credibility arguments.

It is an excellent and clearly written strateegies that discusses policy at the highest levels, and both it’s successes and failures. Dec 29, Brad Trefz rated it liked it. View all 4 comments.

Bush’s Wars Terry H. Nixon gets a fair hearing. I learned so much from this book. The zero-sum game must be abandoned.


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Very cogent and perceptive analysis of American foreign policy throughout the Cold War years, demarcated clearly by each president’s administration. Monday – Friday, 8: Instead it focuses on strategy. It covers the time from Kennan’s ‘Long Telegram’ in outlining the grand strategy of containment and how that was fleshed out through different presidential administrations.

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. Aug 15, Frederick rated it it was contaimnent. This updated edition of Gaddis’ classic carries the history of containment through the end of the Cold War. Beginning with Franklin D.

Beginning with Franklin D. Both Kennedy and Lyndon B. Ike gets a very negative appraisal as does Johnson.

Relative to my containjent reading, the book was more work for me this time because it assumes the reader already knows Cold War history well. Sep 13, AskHistorians added it.

Gaddis organized multiple decades’ worth of policy within powerful conceptual frameworks that tied every successive administration together and created a very lucid big picture. Go directly to our contaainment catalogue.