Ace in the Hole: Why the United States Did Not Use Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War, 1945 to 1965

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ABBREVIATIONS
DOE Department of Energy
EL Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
FRUS Foreign Relations of the United States
JL Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
KL John F. Kennedy Library
LC Library of Congress
NA National Archives
NDU National Defense University
SMML Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton, N.J.
TL Harry S Trunian Library
UK-PROPublic Record Office, United Kingdom

CHAPTER 1: SAYONARA SANITY?
1.
Time, September 22, 1961.
2.
See Melvyn P. Leffler, A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War ( Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1992), for the central premise that U.S. policy in the post-World War II world was to secure a preponderance of power.
3.
Paul Boyer, By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age ( New York: Pantheon, 1985), chapter 1; Justus D. Doenecke, Not to the Swift: The Old Isolationists in the Cold War Era ( Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1979), pp. 59-66. Clark Clifford, with Richard Holbrooke, in Counsel to the President ( New York: Random House, 1991), pp. 59-60, says Truman's belief that an American force invading the Japanese home islands would have taken half a million casualties made his decision an easy one. William Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur, 1880- 1964 ( Boston: Little, Brown, 1978), pp. 436-438, discusses Douglas MacArthur's casualty estimate of one million for Operation OLYMPIC, the planned invasion of Kyushu on November 1, 1945 with 800,000 men, and Operation CORONET, the follow-up invasion of Honshu on March 1, 1946, to take Tokyo and end the war.
4.
Richard J. Barnet, Roots of War: The Men and Institutions behind U.S. Foreign Policy ( New

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Military Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • 1 - Sayonara Sanity? 1
  • 2 - War Scare 7
  • 3 - The Soviets Draw an Ace 17
  • 4 - Strategic Error 23
  • 5 - First Forbearance 31
  • 6 - The Cart Before the Horse 44
  • 7 - French Chestnuts in the Fire 55
  • 8 - The President Vacillates 66
  • 9 - Muscling Up 78
  • 10 - Sword of Damocles 95
  • 11 - The Last Sideshow 102
  • 12 - The Autobahn to Armageddon 109
  • 13 - Cocked Gun 121
  • 14 - Amateur Hour 138
  • 15 - Harebrained Schemes 151
  • 16 - Muddling Through 163
  • 17 - Multilateral Folly 171
  • 18 - High Noon 185
  • 19 - Two Bluffs 201
  • 20 - Best-Laid Plans 216
  • 21 - Strategic Incompetence 230
  • 22 - Unplayable Card? 243
  • Notes 253
  • Index 301
  • About the Author 313
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