Evolution of the Secretary of Defense in the Era of Massive Retaliation: Charles Wilson, Neil McElroy, and Thomas Gates, 1953-1961. Special Study 3 in the Cold War Foreign Policy Series.

Author:Hallion, Richard P.
Position:Brief article - Book review
 
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Evolution of the Secretary of Defense in the Era of Massive Retaliation: Charles Wilson, Neil McElroy, and Thomas Gates, 1953-1961. Special Study 3 in the Cold War Foreign Policy Series. By Erin R. Mahan and Jeffrey A. Larsen, series eds. Washington, D.C.: Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2012. Notes. Pp. 41. $34.95 paperback. Available as a free download from http://history.defense.gov/ resources/SpecStudy3.pdf

This little booklet is a very useful introduction to three early Defense Secretaries who served in the Eisenhower administration. Each faced different challenges and circumstances in the years between Korea and Vietnam. The third in a special studies series issued by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, it offers readers a brief survey of each individual, sketching their actions and placing them within the larger context of Department of Defense history and the history of the Cold War. If necessarily succinct, Mahan and Larsen nevertheless have done a remarkably...

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