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Thompson, Robert Smith

Overview
Works: 10 works in 55 publications in 1 language and 3,365 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E841, 973.922
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert Smith Thompson
The missiles of October : the declassified story of John F. Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the Cuban missile crisis has attained the status of myth: President John F. Kennedy was stunned to learn that Khrushchev, in a naked display of adventurism, had put missiles in Cuba. Kennedy gave Khrushchev an ultimatum: remove the missiles and have peace, or keep them and risk war. Khrushchev backed down, and Kennedy attained his finest hour. So goes the legend. But the reality, as chronicled by Robert Smith Thompson, penetrates to the very heart of our illusions about the Cold War and the Kennedy mystique. Using recently declassified documents, Thompson reexamines the intricate diplomatic posturings and often covert U.S., Soviet, and Cuban actions that led up to the confrontation, giving grounds for a dramatically different account of the crisis. Starting with the unprecedented political machine - dominated by Joe Kennedy - that pushed JFK into the White House, Thompson recreates the climate of anti-Communist hysteria, political one-upsmanship, and dynastic ambitions that infused the Kennedy administration, particularly their obsession with Communist Cuba and Fidel Castro. That obsession found its lightning rod when Kennedy learned that the Soviets were placing missiles in Cuba; in fact, Thompson presents evidence to suggest that Kennedy knew of the missiles by March 1962, well before the official warning. Moreover, as Thompson goes on to argue, Kennedy appears to have been planning a full-scale invasion of Cuba, scheduled for late 1962, from which he pulled back only when the potential cost in American lives became clear. Nor was the resolution to the crisis the unalloyed victory for the U.S. that has always been portrayed. In secret negotiations, Robert Kennedy pledged to Soviet ambassador Dobrynin that the U.S. would not only drop its plan to invade Cuba but would withdraw its Jupiter missiles from Turkey. These major concessions underscore the complexity of Soviet and American roles in the Caribbean, and implicate the United States as the real aggressor in the crisis. As Thompson's spellbinding account compels us to see, the moment that supposedly marked a high point in American power was in fact a harbinger of its decline
A time for war : Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the path to Pearl Harbor by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empires on the Pacific : World War II and the struggle for the mastery of Asia by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revisionist history of the Pacific Theater of World War II argues that the American goal during the conflict was to replace Britain as East Asia's new imperial power and that Japan was viewed as a threat to those plans
Pledge to destiny: Charles de Gaulle and the rise of the free French by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

6 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eagle triumphant : how America took over the British empire by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 1914 to 1945, America became an empire because of long-term historical trends, self-defeating decisions made by theBritish government, and deliberate intent by every American president from Wilson to FDR. The two world war involved far more than the military victories over Germany and Japan: they also involved, and indeed precipitated, the global transfer of power from the British Empire to the American, as symbolized by the oil deal made by FDR and ibn Saud in February, 1945. Imperial America will take reader through these thirty momentous years and show how they inform American imperial efforts abroad today
Complete idiot's guide to Nazi Germany by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of Nazi Germany, discussing the rulers who forged a new German empire, German conditions after World War I and how the Nazis capitalized on them, and the Third Reich's psychological, political, and military underpinnings
A time for war : Franklin D. Roosevelt and the path to Pearl Harbor by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

United States policies toward the Central American Common Market and the Latin American Free Trade Association by Robert Smith Thompson( )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empires on the Pacific : World War II and the struggle for the mastery of Asia by Robert Smith Thompson( Recording )

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

Standard histories of the Pacific Theater have focused on the military conflict between America and Japan, ignoring a crucial aspect of this period: America's imperial ambitions in East Asia. By moving China to center stage, [the author] casts the war in the Pacific in an entirely new light. [In this book, he] recasting of the Asian conflict profoundly alters our understanding of World War II in the Pacific and of what followed in the Korean War and the war in Vietnam.-Back cover
Power and politics : an introduction to American government by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Empires on the Pacific : World War II and the struggle for the mastery of Asia
Alternative Names
Thompson, Robert S.

Languages
English (54)

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Empires on the Pacific : World War II and the struggle for the mastery of AsiaThe eagle triumphant : how America took over the British empireComplete idiot's guide to Nazi Germany