Commitment to Purpose: How Alliance Partnership Won the Cold War

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Commitment to Purpose: How Alliance Partnership Won the Cold War

By Richard L. Kugler
RAND, 1994
610 pp. $30.00
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This book is a serious and detailed history of NATO from its founding in 1949 to the present. The author, who worked as a NATO planner in the Pentagon, takes us through all the major political battles of the alliance, both in Europe and in Washington. In addition, he presents a wealth of quantitative data on evolving military balances and defense budgets that will be useful to students of this period. The author is very much a NATO traditionalist and argues that a deteriorating situation in Europe necessitates an expansion of the alliance, in terms of both membership and missions. Whatever the correctness of this judgment, the book remains a useful historical resource.

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