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Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War

Nicholas Thompson

Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War. The two men embodied opposing strategies for winning the conflict. Yet they dined together, attended the weddings of each other's children, and remained lifelong friends.P

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Publisher: Picador USA
Publish Date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 403
ISBN-13: 9780312658861
ISBN-10: 0312658869
Language: English

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Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War. The two men embodied opposing strategies for winning the conflict. Yet they dined together, attended the weddings of each other's children, and remained lifelong friends.

Paul Nitze was a consummate insider who believed the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. George Kennan was a diplomat turned academic whose famous "X article" persuasively argued that we should contain the Soviet Union while waiting for it to collapse from within. A masterly double biography, " The Hawk and the Dove" "does an inspired job of telling the story of the Cold War through the careers of two of its most interesting and important figures" ("The Washington Monthly").

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