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The Hawk and the Dove - Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War-logo

The 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; ironically, they were the chief advocates for the opposing strategies for winning-and surviving-that harrowing conflict. Both men came to power during World War II, reached their professional peaks during the Cold War's most frightening moments, and fought epic political battles that spanned decades. Yet despite their very different views, Paul Nitze and George Kennan dined together, attended the weddings of each other's children, and remained good friends all their lives. In this masterly double biography, Nicholas Thompson brings Nitze and Kennan to vivid life. Nitze-the hawk-was a consummate insider who believed that the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. More than any other American, he was responsible for the arms race. Kennan-the dove-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. For forty years, he exercised more influence on foreign affairs than any other private citizen. As he weaves a fascinating narrative that follows these two rivals and friends from the beginning of the Cold War to its end, Thompson accomplishes something remarkable: he tells the story of our nation during the most dangerous half century in history.

Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War; ironically, they were the chief advocates for the opposing strategies for winning-and surviving-that harrowing conflict. Both men came to power during World War II, reached their professional peaks during the Cold War's most frightening moments, and fought epic political battles that spanned decades. Yet despite their very different views, Paul Nitze and George Kennan dined together, attended the weddings of each other's children, and remained good friends all their lives. In this masterly double biography, Nicholas Thompson brings Nitze and Kennan to vivid life. Nitze-the hawk-was a consummate insider who believed that the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. More than any other American, he was responsible for the arms race. Kennan-the dove-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. For forty years, he exercised more influence on foreign affairs than any other private citizen. As he weaves a fascinating narrative that follows these two rivals and friends from the beginning of the Cold War to its end, Thompson accomplishes something remarkable: he tells the story of our nation during the most dangerous half century in history.
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Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War; ironically, they were the chief advocates for the opposing strategies for winning-and surviving-that harrowing conflict. Both men came to power during World War II, reached their professional peaks during the Cold War's most frightening moments, and fought epic political battles that spanned decades. Yet despite their very different views, Paul Nitze and George Kennan dined together, attended the weddings of each other's children, and remained good friends all their lives. In this masterly double biography, Nicholas Thompson brings Nitze and Kennan to vivid life. Nitze-the hawk-was a consummate insider who believed that the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. More than any other American, he was responsible for the arms race. Kennan-the dove-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. For forty years, he exercised more influence on foreign affairs than any other private citizen. As he weaves a fascinating narrative that follows these two rivals and friends from the beginning of the Cold War to its end, Thompson accomplishes something remarkable: he tells the story of our nation during the most dangerous half century in history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Prichard

Length:

15h 5m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

16:02


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

43:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

56:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

31:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

39:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

43:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

52:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

41:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

44:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:06:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:09:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

38:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

57:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

58:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:16:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

53:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

58:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:25