Learning from the Cold War

Learning from the Cold War

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An ingenious look at the Cold War?and how it can help America move forward Adding a fresh perspective to the debate about America?s options in the ?war on terror, ? this lucid retrospective by one of the most admired voices in the national security arena answers an important and largely ignored question: How can the brilliance and energy of the great Cold War thinkers be recaptured and applied to the strategic challenges posed by transnational terrorism? In recounting the failures and successes of American strategists during the Cold War, Jonathan Stevenson synthesizes a massive amount of information from past and present to remind us that protecting the United States today will take more than good intelligence?it will also require exceptional imagination.One in particular, John Aristotle Phillips, an undergraduate on the verge of flunking out of Princeton, in 1977 persuaded his advisera€”none other than Dyson a€”to let him try to save himself with a term paper on how to build an atomic bomb.

Title:Learning from the Cold War
Author:Jonathan Stevenson
Publisher:Penguin - 2009-08-25


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