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John F. Kennedy and the missile gap

Author: Christopher A Preble
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"John F. Kennedy owed his victorious bid for the presidency - as well as his success in implementing new military and economic policies while in office - largely to his ability to exploit fears of an alleged Soviet strategic superiority, famously known as the "missile gap." Capitalizing on Americans' fear of devastating nuclear war, within months after his inauguration he won Congressional authorization for two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John F Kennedy; John F Kennedy; John F Kennedy; John Fitzgerald Kennedy; John F Kennedy
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher A Preble
ISBN: 0875803326 9780875803326
OCLC Number: 54529575
Description: xi, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Eisenhower, the new look, and their critics --
A senator finds his voice --
The presidential election of 1960 and the politics of national security --
The new frontier and the closing of the missile gap --
The legacy of Cold War military spending.
Responsibility: Christopher A. Preble.
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Capitalizing on fear of nuclear war, months after Kennedy's inauguration he won Congressional authorization for two supplemental appropriations that increased the defense budget by more than 15  Read more...

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