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Drawing on a wealth of new material--including a 25-volume official documentary history of U.S. foreign relations under Kennedy and declassified transcripts of Cabinet meetings held during the Cuban missile crisis--Freedman examines the intellectual and political contexts of the Kennedy administration, giving attention to largely overlooked actors such as Dean Acheson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Theodore Sorensen, and Walt Rostow, all of whom influenced the conduct of the administration as it confronted military and political foes around the world. Freedman scrutinizes Kennedy's efforts to stabilize fledgling democracies and thwart communist designs in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Some of those efforts led to disaster, including Kennedy's misguided actions in Vietnam (which, the author argues, "compounded the folly of the Eisenhower administration"). Still, by the time of Kennedy's death, in November 1963, some of the administration's efforts had paid off. As Freedman notes, in October 1963, Nikita Khrushchev wrote to Kennedy to propose not only a program of arms control, but also a relaxation of tensions over the Soviet encirclement of Berlin, opening the way to the détente that would come only much later. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a comprehensive look at the interactions,players and mindsets-- a tactical look at political science and decision making in the administration. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry Tucker
Kennedy's thought process may have been a little captured. It is forgettable. Maybe the drama of the submarine threats and an out of touch sub captain's story would have helped. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Russell Scott Day
This book has an excellent account of the Cuban Missile crisis, as well as the less well-known Berlin crisis. Also covers the early years of U.S. involvement in SE Asia.Published 20 months ago by Aaron VanAlstine
A VERY WELL RESEARCH BOOK.
VERY WELL ORGANIZED
VERY FAIR IN IT'S CONCLUSSIONS
BEST BOOK WRITTEN ON THOSE CRISIS YEARS
I was involved in all these areas and it really let me know why and how we got involved. In October I attended the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Crisis. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Herbert Siegel
This book details the politics behind the decisions that led us to the brink in Berlin and Cuba and into the jungles of Vietnam. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by JOSEPH REID
Very interesting behind-the-scenes look at JFK's administration. A must read for anyone interested in how Kennedy and his advisors handled U.S. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Pixel Pal