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Ace in the hole [electronic resource] : why the United States did not use nuclear weapons in the Cold War, 1945 to 1965 / Timothy J. Botti.

By: Botti, Timothy J, 1956-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contributions in military studies: no. 165.Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996Description: 1 online resource (xi, 311 p.).ISBN: 0313031851 (electronic bk.); 9780313031854 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History | Deterrence (Strategy) | Cold War | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military Science | HISTORY -- Military -- OtherGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ace in the hole.DDC classification: 355.02/7/097309045 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
1. Sayonara Sanity? -- 2. War Scare -- 3. The Soviets Draw an Ace -- 4. Strategic Error -- 5. First Forbearance -- 6. The Cart Before the Horse -- 7. French Chestnuts in the Fire -- 8. The President Vacillates -- 9. Muscling Up -- 10. Sword of Damocles -- 11. The Last Sideshow -- 12. The Autobahn to Armageddon -- 13. Cocked Gun -- 14. Amateur Hour -- 15. Harebrained Schemes -- 16. Muddling Through -- 17. Multilateral Folly -- 18. High Noon -- 19. Two Bluffs -- 20. Best-Laid Plans -- 21. Strategic Incompetence -- 22. Unplayable Card?
Summary: Using newly released documents, the author presents an integrated look at American nuclear policy and diplomacy in crises from the Berlin blockade to Vietnam. The book answers the question why, when the atomic bomb had been used with such devastating effect against the Japanese Empire in 1945, American leaders put this most apocalyptic of weapons back on the shelf, never to be used again in anger. It documents the myopia of Potomac strategists in involving the U.S. in wars of attrition in Korea and Southeast Asia, marginal areas where American vital interests were in no way endangered. Despite.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-299) and index.

1. Sayonara Sanity? -- 2. War Scare -- 3. The Soviets Draw an Ace -- 4. Strategic Error -- 5. First Forbearance -- 6. The Cart Before the Horse -- 7. French Chestnuts in the Fire -- 8. The President Vacillates -- 9. Muscling Up -- 10. Sword of Damocles -- 11. The Last Sideshow -- 12. The Autobahn to Armageddon -- 13. Cocked Gun -- 14. Amateur Hour -- 15. Harebrained Schemes -- 16. Muddling Through -- 17. Multilateral Folly -- 18. High Noon -- 19. Two Bluffs -- 20. Best-Laid Plans -- 21. Strategic Incompetence -- 22. Unplayable Card?

Using newly released documents, the author presents an integrated look at American nuclear policy and diplomacy in crises from the Berlin blockade to Vietnam. The book answers the question why, when the atomic bomb had been used with such devastating effect against the Japanese Empire in 1945, American leaders put this most apocalyptic of weapons back on the shelf, never to be used again in anger. It documents the myopia of Potomac strategists in involving the U.S. in wars of attrition in Korea and Southeast Asia, marginal areas where American vital interests were in no way endangered. Despite.

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