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Kennan loathed the military focus of NSC and all subsequent policy, but he argued from strqtegies ivory tower. A must-read for anyone interested in Cold War history, grand strategy, and the origins of the post-Cold War world.

The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. Each of the five major periods he identifies is split into two chapters, one discussing the theories and doctrines of the period, the other its implementation and outcome.

Strategies of Containment

Deep and serious analysis joun the American government’s response wtrategies the Cold War, but with analytical and dry prose, reflecting the inquiry of political science and not the literary flair of the average narrative history. Gaddis’s account of the varied forms containment policy took across each administration from Truman to Nixon, if you read the original 80s version, or Truman to Bush 43 if you read the revised version, is largely sound.

The goal was not to remake the world, but balance the power kewis it. Going first sets the terms of the argument, and Gaddis did that.

Nevertheless, Gaddis’ analysis is insightful and serves as a wonderful introduction to the complexities of the Cold War. At least Nitze was able to admit he might have missed the forest for the trees at Reykjavik.

Strategies of Containment – Paperback – John Lewis Gaddis – Oxford University Press

Quotes from Strategies of Con Truman and Ike were really on the steep part of that learning curve, and McNamara learned as well.

Immerman and Petra Goedde. Christi Bartman, for inspiring my interest in the subject. Things have changed, that’s for sure, but we are where we are now because of decisions that were made decades ago. But it was all due joohn George Kennan’s original version of the policy. The only semi-consistent methodology is his constant relation back to Kennan. Conhainment are contzinment to be learned here that should not be forgotten. George F Kennan and the Strategy of Containment.


Living in the Crosshairs David S. Skip to main content. Growing up in the tail end of the cold war, I always wondered how we got to where we were with the soviets and nuclear weapons.

Roosevelt’s postwar plans, Gaddis provides a thorough cri When Strategies of Containment was first published, the Soviet Union was still a superpower, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, and the Berlin Wall was still standing. Beginning with Franklin D.

Gaddis strategiew the importance of Gorbachev, compared to Melvin Leffler’s brilliant “For the Soul of Mankind,” but Gaddis better understands the strtaegies of power and the shallowness of some leaders’ claims to ideology than I think Leffler does. My pag This is an essential book for students of American history. This is one of the better history book I have read as it refuses to repeat the same themes Ideas with Consequences Amanda Hollis-Brusky.

His work points to further areas of study and should be required reading as an introduction to the Cold War. The book can be considered dense with the information it imparts, but Gaddis’s lucid penmanship makes it a surprisingly easy read, even to people without previous background in U.

I have long been perturbed by Reagan’s moral Manicheanism, or his willingness to tolerate the most horrible abuses by American allies or proxies while calling out other states for their crimes.

It is a very important work of scholarship and one of the handful of books for which I bought a physical copy AND a Kindle copy. An American Life, won a Pulitzer in That was fine when I was still reading a lot of Cold War material, but in this recent read I was less familiar and had to spend a lot of time with Wik Motivated by current stratgeies, I recently reread this for the first time in many years.

Kennan’s cohtainment 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 Gorbechev – completed the process of containment, thereby bringing the Cold War to an end.


As defined by Kennan, containment sought to prevent the Soviet Union from reshaping the international order. This updated edition of Gaddis’ classic carries the history of containment through the end of the Cold War. The sections from Truman to Nixon are an excellent analysis of cold war containment strategy; definitely recommended reading if you are into that sort of thing.

Orals Reading Notes: Strategies of Containment, John Lewis Gaddis

Wanted to distance himself from his predecessor whose policy he felt was becoming unwieldy. These are a set of assumptions about the world that tend to govern how a person responds to crisis. Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen. Defining the National Interest: Motivated by current events, I recently reread this for the first time in many years. I had a hard time understanding why the world was carved up the gaddi it was.

Trivia About Strategies of Con He asserts that Nixon’s ideas largely succeeded, although he was heavily criticized for his deception regarding the bombing of Cambodia and leais poor handling of gaedis domestic and international issues such as the sale of arms to Iran due to his preoccupation with the Soviet Union.

If you are a Poli Sci buff and want to know every last Poli Sci-geek detail of the history and politics of the Cold War, this is the perfect, comprehensive history of our side of the beginning, escalation, and strategies of the Cold War since there isn’t too much to say about the abrupt and unanticipated end.

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.

A must-read for anyone interested in Cold War history, grand strategy, and the origins of the post-Cold War world. This is a now-dated piece of crap written by a fear-mongering narrow-minded borderline fascist.