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This 187 page book by Norman Graebner covers the key American policy makers of the Eisenhower and Kennedy years The book covers setting the stage of American policy towards Europe from Roosevelt to Truman the European Defense Community Political Community and the Coal and Steel Community Loan the sensitive Euratom agreement European disagreements and the OECD the Kennedy team and its inheritance the Multi-Lateral Force failure De Gaulles conflicting world view and the Atlantic partnership Nassau meeting and Gaullist veto It concludes with an Epilogue on the Johnson administration The book is mostly based on personal interviews access to documents and papers and of course Dr Winands own view that European unity was a potential element of stability and prosperity for the West and as a factor of strength for the Atlantic Alliance She further believes that Atlantic Alliance leaders of postwar United States administrations not only supported but helped to shape European institutions Though she was able to show a familiar or rather shared values between the American and Western leaders the question which remained in my mind was did the United States have a decisive impact on shaping post war Europe or didnt the United States essentially force Europe into the position it was in The jargon of terms used in this book were at times a bit confusing but what I basically gathered was that through American actions throughout the years towards European leaders America has shaped the stability of European institutionsstates I used the book to focus on how the similar the Kennedy and Eisenhower administrations were in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War Both Presidents were driven by the policy of containment to take whatever action they saw necessary in order to prevent the spread of communismspecifically Eisenhowers and Kennedys remained similiar despite the Jeremy fact that the war was a bipartisan undertaking The overall policy by which the Cold War was defined was strikingly similar between both
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