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Nixon's nuclear specter : the secret alert of 1969, madman diplomacy, and the Vietnam War / William Burr, Jeffrey P. Kimball.

By: Burr, William.
Contributor(s): Kimball, Jeffrey P.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Modern war studies.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2015Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700620838; 0700620834.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Nixon's nuclear specter.DDC classification: 959.704/32 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Prelude: nuclear diplomacy and notions about nuclear use from Truman to Johnson, August 1945-January 1969 -- The madman theory: Mr. Nixon, Dr. Kissinger, and Dr. Strangelove, 1945-1969 -- The "big game" and the bombing of Cambodia, December 1968-March 1969 -- The Vance ploy and the Mining ruse, March-April 1969 -- The Mining ruse, threat diplomacy, peace plans, and withdrawals, April-July 1969 -- The first Duck Hook Plan, the "Nixon Doctrine," and a deadline, July-August 1969 -- Toward the November option: Duck Hook and Pruning Knife, July-September 1969 -- To escalate or not to escalate? September-October 1969 -- The secret nuclear alert, October 1969 -- Epilogue: aftermaths and assessments.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Prelude: nuclear diplomacy and notions about nuclear use from Truman to Johnson, August 1945-January 1969 -- The madman theory: Mr. Nixon, Dr. Kissinger, and Dr. Strangelove, 1945-1969 -- The "big game" and the bombing of Cambodia, December 1968-March 1969 -- The Vance ploy and the Mining ruse, March-April 1969 -- The Mining ruse, threat diplomacy, peace plans, and withdrawals, April-July 1969 -- The first Duck Hook Plan, the "Nixon Doctrine," and a deadline, July-August 1969 -- Toward the November option: Duck Hook and Pruning Knife, July-September 1969 -- To escalate or not to escalate? September-October 1969 -- The secret nuclear alert, October 1969 -- Epilogue: aftermaths and assessments.

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In the fall of 1969, desperate to force North Vietnam to negotiate substantially, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger proposed a number of severe military escalation measures that included mining the harbors of the North and of Cambodia, invasion of the North, and consideration of the tactical nuclear option. After due consideration, none of these were implemented at that time. However, consistent with a carefully crafted ploy that the president was potentially irrational and reckless (the madman image), in October Nixon ordered a secret global nuclear alert under the guise of a readiness training exercise. The purpose was to scare the Soviets into putting pressure on Hanoi, but the tactic did not achieve its objective. Burr, a national security archivist, and Kimball, author of the leading book on Nixon's Vietnam policy, detail these activities within the context of Cold War nuclear diplomacy. Extensively researched, the volume is an important contribution to the literature, but it is more appropriate for serious national security students than for more general readers. The chapter on the mechanics of the nuclear alert is especially challenging for nonspecialists. Nevertheless, the study is highly recommended. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. --Joe P. Dunn, Converse College

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