The Cold War: A New History

The Cold War: A New History

The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.

  • Brand: Penguin Books
  • ASIN: 0143038273

Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

Combining a close knowledge of Asia and an ability to tap Chinese-language sources with naval combat experience and expertise in sea-power theory, the authors assess how the rise of Chinese sea power will affect U.S. maritime strategy in Asia. They argue that China is laying the groundwork for a sustained challenge to American primacy in maritime Asia, and to defend this hypothesis they look back to Alfred Thayer Mahan's sea-power theories, now popular with the Chinese. The book considers how strategic thought about the sea shapes Beijing's deliberations and compares China's geostrategic predicament to that of the Kaiser's Germany a century ago. It examines the Chinese navy's operational concepts, tactics, and capabilities and appraises China's ballistic-missile submarine fleet. The authors conclude that unless Washington adapts, China will present a challenge to America's strategic position.Selected:For the Chief of Naval Operation's Reading ListBy The Atlantic as one of the Best Books of the Year on foreign affairs in 2010By Proceedings magazine as a Notable Naval book in 2010.

  • Brand: Brand: Naval Institute Press
  • ASIN: 1591149797

Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

This is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa from 1959 to 1976 and of its escalating clash with U.S. policy toward the continent. Piero Gleijeses's fast-paced narrative takes the reader from Cuba's first steps to assist Algerian rebels fighting France in 1961, to the secret war between Havana and Washington in Zaire in 1964-65--where 100 Cubans led by Che Guevara clashed with 1,000 mercenaries controlled by the CIA--and, finally, to the dramatic dispatch of 30,000 Cubans to Angola in 1975-76, which stopped the South African advance on Luanda and doomed Henry Kissinger's major covert operation there. Based on unprecedented archival research and firsthand interviews in virtually all of the countries involved--Gleijeses was even able to gain extensive access to closed Cuban archives--this comprehensive and balanced work sheds new light on U.S. foreign policy and CIA covert operations. It revolutionizes our view of Cuba's international role, challenges conventional U.S. beliefs about the influence of the Soviet Union in directing Cuba's actions in Africa, and provides, for the first time ever, a look from the inside at Cuba's foreign policy during the Cold War."Fascinating . . . and often downright entertaining. . . . Gleijeses recounts the Cuban story with con...

  • Brand: Piero Gleijeses
  • ASIN: 0807854646

China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949–Present (The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series)

China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949–Present (The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series)

In this book an international group of scholars examines China's acceptance and ultimate rejection of Soviet models and practices in economic, cultural, social, and other realms.

  • ASIN: 0739142232

Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform (Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center)

Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform (Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center)

Uneasy Partnerships presents the analysis and insights of practitioners and scholars who have shaped and examined China's interactions with key Northeast Asian partners. Using the same empirical approach employed in the companion volume, The New Great Game (Stanford, 2016), this new text analyzes the perceptions, priorities, and policies of China and its partners to explain why dyadic relationships evolved as they have during China's "rise." Synthesizing insights from an array of research, Uneasy Partnerships traces how the relationships that formed between China and its partner states―Japan, the Koreas, and Russia―resulted from the interplay of competing and compatible objectives, as well as from the influence of third-country ties. These findings are used to identify patterns and trends and to develop a framework that can be used to illuminate and explain Beijing's engagement with the rest of the world.

  • ASIN: 150360196X

Nixon's Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration

Nixon's Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration

After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon told the assembled crowd that “government will listen. ... Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in.” But that same day, he obliterated those pledges of greater citizen control of government by signing National Security Decision Memorandum 2, a document that made sweeping changes to the national security power structure. Nixon’s signature erased the influence that the departments of State and Defense, as well as the CIA, had over Vietnam and the course of the Cold War. The new structure put Nixon at the center, surrounded by loyal aides and a new national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated policy through the National Security Council under Nixon’s command. Using years of research and revelations from newly released documents, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Nixon administration and its impact and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today.

  • ASIN: 1493009311

The Secret War in Afghanistan: The Soviet Union, China and Anglo-American Intelligence in the Afghan War (Library of Middle East History)

The Secret War in Afghanistan: The Soviet Union, China and Anglo-American Intelligence in the Afghan War (Library of Middle East History)

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and the subsequent war with the indigenous Afghan Mujahedeen, was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Cold War. Key details of the circumstances surrounding the invasion and its ultimate conclusion only months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 have long remained unclear; the entire episode is a shadowy narrative of clandestine correspondence, covert operations and failed intelligence. Making use of recently declassified archives, The Secret War in Afghanistan brings to light the full role of the CIA in arming and training the Afghan fighters. Here, Panagiotis Dimitrakis analyses every aspect of this vital turning point in Cold War history; from President Jimmy Carter's 'Afghan Trap' to Margaret Thatcher's role in the crisis. Dimitrakis also outlines the full extent of China's involvement in arming the Mujahedeen, effectively fighting Brezhnev's Soviet Union by proxy. This will be essential reading for scholars and students of the Cold War, American History and the Modern Middle East.

  • Brand: Brand: I. B. Tauris
  • ASIN: 1780764197

Russia’s Far East: New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond

Russia’s Far East: New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond

The strategically located Russian Far East―a vast expanse stretching from Lake Baikal to the Pacific Ocean―is notable not only for its rich natural resources, but also for the economic challenges, internal dissent, and risks of foreign encroachment that it faces. Rensselaer Lee and Artyom Lukin explore the history, economics, and politics of the RFE in the context of its geopolitical significance both regionally and internationally. Lee and Lukin address questions that have become increasingly important in current global politics: What are the implications, for example, of Russia's growing economic dependence on China? Could the emerging Sino-Russian entente result in the RFE becoming a de-facto appendage of the PRC? To what extent is Moscow willing, or able, to strengthen its links to its neighbors other than China? Can Russia and the US act in partnership to further their common interests in the region? As they suggest answers, the authors shed much-needed light on a previously understudied topic.

  • ASIN: 1626373892

Asian Models Of Entrepreneurship -- From The Indian Union And The Kingdom Of Nepal To The Japanese Archipelago: Context, Policy And Practice (Asia-pacific Business)

Asian Models Of Entrepreneurship -- From The Indian Union And The Kingdom Of Nepal To The Japanese Archipelago: Context, Policy And Practice (Asia-pacific Business)

In this landmark book, Leo Dana makes it clear that entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon, but much can be learned about the nature of entrepreneurial activity when we delve into the unique characteristics of different regions of the world.The profound differences both among and within the countries of Asia become vividly apparent in the pages of this book. Dana juxtaposes the explosion in entrepreneurial growth within China against the struggles to build an entrepreneurial community in Japan, or the enlightened public policy leadership in Singapore against the crisis-driven developments in Korea.The range of factors identified within each of the 15 countries examined by Dana are not random influences on the entrepreneurial process, they can be construed in more systematic and logical ways. Thus, the book uncovers the Chinese model of gradual transition, the Royal Cambodian model, the Doi-Moi model, and others. The reader is challenged to grasp these different models, and identify their commonalities and differences.

  • ASIN: 9813203331

Russia Military Power: Building a Military to Support Great Power Aspirations

Russia Military Power: Building a Military to Support Great Power Aspirations

This report examines a resurgent Russia’s military power to foster a deeper understanding of its core capabilities, goals, and aspirations in the 21st Century.

  • ASIN: 0160939712
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