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Hilsman, Roger

Works: 63 works in 229 publications in 3 languages and 7,068 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Forecasts  Nonfiction television programs  Interviews  Television interviews  Humor  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Interviewee, Compiler, Other
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To move a nation; the politics of foreign policy in the administration of John F. Kennedy by Roger Hilsman( Book )

31 editions published between 1964 and 1986 in English and held by 1,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decision making and policy planning during the Kennedy Administration are the subjects of this book in which the author describes and explains the machinery and personalities of American foreign affairs
The politics of policy making in defense and foreign affairs by Roger Hilsman( Book )

42 editions published between 1971 and 2003 in English and Italian and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foreign policy in the sixties: the issues and the instruments; essays in honor of Arnold Wolfers by Roger Hilsman( Book )

28 editions published between 1965 and 1970 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cuban missile crisis : the struggle over policy by Roger Hilsman( Book )

13 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The world has never been as close to nuclear war as it was in November 1962. In this book, Roger Hilsman, head of intelligence at the U.S. State Department at that time, details the struggles that President Kennedy and his advisers went through to understand why the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba, describes the debate over alternative policy choices to force the removal of the missiles, and determines how and why each particular course of action was eventually chosen. He relates how the U.S. government dealt with the public and with its allies, and traces the step-by-step negotiations between the Soviets and the United States. In his discussion, Hilsman reveals how Khrushchev chose a back-channel, deniable way of communicating with President Kennedy by sending messages to the head of the KGB in Washington, who passed them to Hilsman, who then took them to the president. This book shows how President Kennedy and his brother Robert used this information to bring about the withdrawal of the missiles without war." "This book analyzes the motives behind the massive Soviet deployment of nuclear missiles to Cuba, which were capable of destroying every major city in the United States except Seattle, backed up by anti-aircraft and ground forces to defend those missiles. One ship could carry 20-to-30 freight-train loads of war material and over 100 shiploads were sent - a total of between 2,000 and 3,000 train loads. Hilsman tells the story of how American intelligence found out - just in time - and, in a postmortem, addresses the question of U.S. success and/or failure. He concludes with an assessment of the significance of the only nuclear crisis in the world's history, pointing out the lessons for humankind about war in a nuclear age."--Jacket
The crouching future; international politics and U.S. foreign policy - a forecast by Roger Hilsman( Book )

9 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Bush vs. Saddam Hussein : military success! political failure? by Roger Hilsman( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recent Gulf War, contends Emeritus Professor Roger Hilsman of Columbia University, was brought on not by the clash of national interests, but by the intense personal rivalry between George Bush and Saddam Hussein. Hilsman portrays Saddam Hussein as a villain, but a villain who rose to power in a society of villains; a man driven by very real and human fears. George Bush is also a driven man. According to Hilsman, the president manipulated the press and news from the region while ignoring the counsel of many military and diplomatic experts during what some observers called his "headlong rush to war." George Bush vs. Saddam Hussein is an important study that allows the reader to consider carefully the validity of Bush's claim to be the "foreign policy president" based on his handling of the Persian Gulf crisis
From nuclear military strategy to a world without war : a history and a proposal by Roger Hilsman( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sooner or later, if the world keeps following its current course, there will be a nuclear war. Roger Hilsman, who played a significant role during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is convinced that the only way to prevent an eventual nuclear conflict is to abolish war itself. This study examines and critiques all of the various proposals to date for incorporating nuclear weapons into strategic doctrine and concludes that these efforts have failed. Plans for abolishing only nuclear weapons are, according to Hilsman, good intentioned but ill-advised attempts to rehabilitate war. Instead, he proposes a gradual transition to world government, which will perform the traditional social and political functions that were in the past served only by war."--Jacket
Interview with Roger Hilsman, 1981( Visual )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roger Hilsman worked in the Kennedy Administration, first as director of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and then as the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs. He was criticized for drafting a cable on behalf of President Kennedy to the American Ambassador to South Vietnam instructing the Ambassador to give direct support to the opponents of President Ngo Dinh Diem. He describes the Kennedy White House as youthful and confident but shaken when Soviet Premier Khrushchev announced his support for insurgencies around the world. He says this announcement paved the way for the US counterinsurgency operations in Vietnam. Hilsman says he tried to convince Kennedy that the way to fight guerillas was with guerillas themselves. He also recounts Kennedy's distaste for sending American troops into Vietnam. He describes meeting with South Vietnamese leadership in the early 1960s, the mixed signals they received, and a lack of political support for their policies. He says Kennedy was desperate to get America out of Vietnam
The politics of governing America by Roger Hilsman( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People's war, People's Army; the Viet Công insurrection manual for underdeveloped countries by Nguyên Giáp Võ( Book )

6 editions published between 1962 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vo Nguyen Giap, Southeast Asia's most successful Communist general, Minister of Defense and Commander in Chief of North Vietnam's army, shares with Premier Khrushchev a conviction that the future holds many "just wars of national liberation." This volume stresses the climate of Asia, Africa, and Latin American, torn today by anticolonial, economic, and political upheavals. It is General Giap's purpose in this book, originally published in 1962, to guide these struggles to the desired "socialist" victory. The speeches and essays that comprise this key document provide not only the tactical doctrine for effective insurgency operations, but also the political guidelines for enlisting the people in the insurgents' side. - Publisher
Vietnam: which way to peace?( Book )

4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected works of Ducrot Pepys by John Murphy( Book )

1 edition published in 1943 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originally the material for this book was printed in the cadet-run Pointer magazine as the diary of "Mr. Ducrot Pepys," a Plebe freshman at West Point. Ducrot Pepys chronicled the adventures and misadventures of his righteous "sane wife" and his "other wife," old West Point slang terms for roommates. As a member of the Class of 1944 that became the wartime emergency Class of June 1943, Ducrot Pepys eventually became Mr. Yearling (sophomore) Pepys, then Cadet Pepys--Second Class (junior) for five months, and finally Cadet Pepys--First Class (senior) for the remainder of his time at West Point. In all, 60 installments of the diary made it into print" --
The Sino-Soviet economic offensive through June 30, 1962 by United States( Book )

1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las relaciones internacionales en la actualidad : ensayos en honor de Arnold Wolfers by Roger Hilsman( Book )

3 editions published in 1966 in Spanish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American guerrilla : my war behind Japanese lines by Roger Hilsman( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of JFK's Vietnam advisers on his years as a guerilla leader
Military policy and national security by William W Kaufmann( Book )

1 edition published in 1956 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A layman's guide to the universe : the Earth, life on Earth, and the migrations of humankind by Roger Hilsman( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Face the nation : Roger Hilsman, Jr., 6/4/67 by Roger Hilsman( Recording )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hilsman is interviewed by Marvin Kalb, Edward Weintal, and Martin Agronsky on CBS's Face the nation. He discusses the war in Vietnam and its costs to the United States; and why he feels bombing of North Vietnam should be halted
1990 by Roger Hilsman( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

United States policy toward Communist China by Roger Hilsman( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Cuban missile crisis : the struggle over policy
The Cuban missile crisis : the struggle over policyFrom nuclear military strategy to a world without war : a history and a proposalAmerican guerrilla : my war behind Japanese linesAmerican guerrilla : my war behind enemy lines
Alternative Names
Hilsmèn, R.

Roger Hilsman Amerikaans politicoloog (1919-2014)

ヒルズマン, ロジャー


English (178)

Spanish (3)

Italian (1)