Out Of The Cold: New Thinking For American Foreign And Defense Policy In The 21st Century

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Out Of The Cold: New Thinking For American Foreign And Defense Policy In The 21st Century

By Robert S. McNamara
Simon and Schuster, 1989
233 pp. $18.95
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Robert McNamara served as secretary of defense during the Kennedy and most of the Johnson administrations. In the two decades since he left the Pentagon he has been consistently thoughtful and constructively critical about past American behavior, including his own, and about prospects for the future. In this volume he succinctly describes how the cold war distorted both American and Soviet values; he describes Gorbachev's "new thinking" and pronounces it genuine, and argues that the West can respond more creatively and without undue risk even should Gorbachev fail.

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