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Thompson, Robert Smith

Works: 12 works in 49 publications in 1 language and 3,450 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E841, 973.922
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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 )
12 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,170 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 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Empires on the Pacific : World War II and the struggle for the mastery of Asia by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 558 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 )
4 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The eagle triumphant : how America took over the British empire by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 295 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 )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 163 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
United States policies toward the Central American Common Market and the Latin American Free Trade Association by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
7 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The eagle triumphant : how American took over the British empire, 1914-1945 by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Though many Americans are reluctant to admit it, the United States has long been an imperial power - a fact that has become increasingly evident since the war in Iraq. Now, in this book, historian Robert Smith Thompson examines the origins of the American empire in the period spanning the two world wars. Confounding the conventional view of early-twentieth-century America - an idealistic, isolationist nation only reluctantly drawn into world affairs - he shows how the United States deliberately set out to dismantle the British Empire and take over its spheres of influence." "Capturing the personalities and events that precipitated the American imperium - from Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill to the sinking of the Lusitania, the advent of Lend-Lease, and the conference at Yalta - Thompson argues that U.S. ascendence began with Britain's decision to enter World War I. Though Britain helped engineer America's subsequent entry into that war, President Wilson's Fourteen Points called not only for the defeat of Germany, but for the dissolution of British and French colonial empires - a goal that persisted in succeeding American administrations, and not merely for Wilson's ideal of "self-determination": colonial empires were restricted markets, but freed colonies would be free to trade with the United States." "In the interwar years, American troops demobilized, but American money carried the day, prying open markets as Britain's imperial possessions seethed with rebellion. After tariff wars and the depression of the 1930's, and then Dunkirk and the 1940 German bombing campaign, Britain was broke. By the time President Roosevelt began supplying Churchill with Lend-Lease war material, the country had become an American vassal - a fact that Roosevelt exploited throughout the war as he set the stage for a new world order under American dominion. At the war's end, Britain was largely irrelevant: its empire was dissolving and its client states were cutting deals with the United States. It was America that would go on to rebuild Europe and Japan, envelop the world with money and military bases, and play an updated version of Britain's nineteenth-century "great game" - the containment of Russia." "By meticulously tracking the transition from Pax Britannica to Pax Americana, Thompson clarifies the original aims and scope of America's empire - and offers a unique historical perspective on recent events in the Middle East."--BOOK JACKET
The eagle triumphant : the rise of the American empire, 1914-1945 by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Power and politics : an introduction to American government by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pledge to destiny by Robert Smith Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 1974 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library 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
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Alternative Names
Thompson, Robert S.
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