The Hawk and the Dove by Nicholas Thompson audiobook

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

By Nicholas Thompson
Read by Michael Prichard

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15.08 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A gently critical assessment of two influential shapers of U.S. foreign policy.... Fascinating. Kirkus
“Thoroughly engrossing.” New York Times
“[A] nuanced account of two men whose common goal of serving America’s interests transcended perspectives.” Publishers Weekly
“Prichard…lifts the prose from the page to reality with his ability to enrich it with nuance and fluidity.” AudioFile
“The book provides a more nuanced interpretation of the sometimes volatile Nitze, which serves as an important counterpoint to the better-known Kennan.” Library Journal
“A gently critical assessment of two influential shapers of U.S. foreign policy…Fascinating.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Nicholas Thompson

Author Bio: Nicholas Thompson

Nicholas Thompson is senior editor at Wired magazine, where he covers the Internet and politics, business trends, open sourcing, technology and science, and legal issues. Prior to joining Wired, he was a senior editor at Legal Affairs magazine and Washington Monthly. Thompson has also written freelance pieces about technology for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. A frequent commentator on issues that concern law and technology, Thompson has also appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, the Today show, The O’Reilly Factor, and many other TV and radio shows. He is a regular guest on Fox News Live and is the voice of Wired for its weekly CBS news radio broadcasts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 15.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English