Essence of Decision Book

Essence of Decision


  • Author : Graham T. Allison
  • Publisher : Pearson P T R
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015054021186

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Essence of Decision Excerpt :

This classic book has been substantially rewritten to reflect the significant new American and Soviet archival sources now available to the researchers. Using the central case of the Cuban missile crisis as a basic frame of reference, The Essence of Decision teaches readers how to compare and contrast perspectives on foreign affairs.

Essence of Decision Book
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Essence of Decision


  • Author : Graham T. Allison
  • Publisher : Boston : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 1971
  • Genre: Cold War
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : UTEXAS:059173017821673

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Essence of Decision Excerpt :

Examines the political decisions made during the Missile Crisis.

Thirteen Days  A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Book
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Thirteen Days A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis


  • Author : Robert F. Kennedy
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2011-04-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 0393341534

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Thirteen Days A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Excerpt :

"A minor classic in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by a participant of the shifting moods and maneuvers of the most dangerous moment in human history."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a new foreword, the distinguished historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring importance and the significance of new information about the crisis that has come to light, especially from the Soviet Union.

Talk at the Brink Book

Talk at the Brink


  • Author : David R. Gibson
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-07-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691151311

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Talk at the Brink Excerpt :

Uses the tools of Conversaton analysis to show how the decisions of the ExComm were made during the Cuban Missile Crisis, based on audio tapes made by President Kennedy.

Nuclear Terrorism Book
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Nuclear Terrorism


  • Author : Graham Allison
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2004-08-09
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429945516

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Nuclear Terrorism Excerpt :

A leading strategist opens our eyes to the greatest terrorist threat of all-and how to prevent it before it's too late Americans in the twenty-first century are keenly aware of the many forms of terrorism: hijackings, biological attacks, chemical weapons. But rarely do we allow ourselves to face squarely the deadliest form of terrorism, because it is almost too scary to think about-a terrorist group exploding a nuclear device in an American city. In this urgent call to action, Graham Allison, one of America's leading experts on nuclear weapons and national security, presents the evidence for two provocative, compelling conclusions. First, if policy makers in Washington keep doing what they are currently doing about the threat, a nuclear terrorist attack on America is likely to occur in the next decade. And if one lengthens the time frame, a nuclear strike is inevitable. Second, the surprising and largely unrecognized good news is that nuclear terrorism is, in fact, preventable. In these pages, Allison offers an ambitious but feasible blueprint for eliminating the possibility of nuclear terrorist attacks. The United States once relied on the threat of mutually assured destruction to deter the Soviet Union from launching a nuclear strike. But in today's fragmented world, a new strategy is needed, especially with nuclear material vulnerable to theft or sale through black-market channels. The choice is ours: to grab this beast by the horns or to be impaled on those horns. We do not have the luxury of hoping the problem will go away, and Allison shows why.

Lee Kuan Yew Book
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Lee Kuan Yew


  • Author : Graham Allison
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-22
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262539500

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Lee Kuan Yew Excerpt :

Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization, geopolitics, economic growth, and democracy. When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, have praised his accomplishments. This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format. Lee offers his assessment of China's future, asserting, among other things, that “China will want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S.” He affirms the United States' position as the world's sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system. He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India's future, Islamic terrorism, economic growth, geopolitics and globalization, and democracy. Lee does not pull his punches, offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism, the welfare state, education, and the free market. This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader.

Comparative Governance Book

Comparative Governance


  • Author : B. Guy Peters
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107163799

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Comparative Governance Excerpt :

Proposes a new, advanced theory of governance, emphasizing the interactions of the state with other actors.

Nuclear Folly  A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis Book
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Nuclear Folly A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis


  • Author : Serhii Plokhy
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2021-04-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393540826

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Nuclear Folly A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis Excerpt :

A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse. Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, today’s world leaders are abandoning disarmament treaties, building up their nuclear arsenals, and exchanging threats of nuclear strikes. To survive this new atomic age, we must relearn the lessons of the most dangerous moment of the Cold War: the Cuban missile crisis. Serhii Plokhy’s Nuclear Folly offers an international perspective on the crisis, tracing the tortuous decision-making that produced and then resolved it, which involved John Kennedy and his advisers, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro, and their commanders on the ground. In breathtaking detail, Plokhy vividly recounts the young JFK being played by the canny Khrushchev; the hotheaded Castro willing to defy the USSR and threatening to align himself with China; the Soviet troops on the ground clearing jungle foliage in the tropical heat, and desperately trying to conceal nuclear installations on Cuba, which were nonetheless easily spotted by U-2 spy planes; and the hair-raising near misses at sea that nearly caused a Soviet nuclear-armed submarine to fire its weapons. More often than not, the Americans and Soviets misread each other, operated under false information, and came perilously close to nuclear catastrophe. Despite these errors, nuclear war was ultimately avoided for one central reason: fear, and the realization that any escalation on either the Soviets’ or the Americans’ part would lead to mutual destruction. Drawing on a range of Soviet archival sources, including previously classified KGB documents, as well as White House tapes, Plokhy masterfully illustrates the drama and anxiety of those tense days, and provides a way for us to grapple with the problems posed in our present day.

Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy Book

Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy


  • Author : Morton H. Halperin
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2007-02-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815734109

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Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy Excerpt :

The first edition of Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy is one of the most successful Brookings titles of all time. This thoroughly revised version updates that classic analysis of the role played by the federal bureaucracy—civilian career officials, political appointees, and military officers—and Congress in formulating U.S. national security policy, illustrating how policy decisions are actually made. Government agencies, departments, and individuals all have certain interests to preserve and promote. Those priorities, and the conflicts they sometimes spark, heavily influence the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. A decision that looks like an orchestrated attempt to influence another country may in fact represent a shaky compromise between rival elements within the U.S. government. The authors provide numerous examples of bureaucratic maneuvering and reveal how they have influenced our international relations. The revised edition includes new examples of bureaucratic politics from the past three decades, from Jimmy Carter's view of the State Department to conflicts between George W. Bush and the bureaucracy regarding Iraq. The second edition also includes a new analysis of Congress's role in the politics of foreign policymaking.

Health Policy in Britain Book

Health Policy in Britain


  • Author : Christopher Ham
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-06-25
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137013972

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Health Policy in Britain Excerpt :

Systematically updated throughout, the 6th edition of this leading text takes the story of health policy to the end of the Blair era and into the early years of the Brown premiership. It offers a clear and thorough introduction to the history of the NHS, its funding and priorities, and to the process of policy making.

The Decision Book  Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking  Fully Revised Edition  Book

The Decision Book Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking Fully Revised Edition


  • Author : Mikael Krogerus
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393652468

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The Decision Book Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking Fully Revised Edition Excerpt :

An updated edition of the international bestseller that distills into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models. Every day, we face the same questions: How do I make the right decision? How can I work more efficiently? And, on a more personal level, what do I want? This updated edition of the international bestseller distills into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used in MBA courses, and elsewhere, that will help you tackle these important questions. In minutes you can become conversant with: The Long Tail • The Maslow Pyramids • SWOT Analysis • The Rubber Band Model • The Prisoner's Dilemma • Cognitive Dissonance • The Eisenhower Matrix • Conflict Resolution • Flow • The Personal Potential Trap • and many more. Stylish and compact, this little book is a powerful asset. Whether you need to plan a presentation, assess someone's business idea, or get to know yourself better, this unique guide—bursting with useful visual tools—will help you simplify any problem and make the best decision.

The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration Book

The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration


  • Author : Steven J. Balla
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 645
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199646135

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The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration Excerpt :

This Handbook brings together a collection of leading international authors to reflect on the influence of central contributions, or classics, that have shaped the development of the field of public policy and administration. The Handbook reflects on a wide range of key contributions to the field, selected on the basis of their international and wider disciplinary impact. Focusing on classics that contributed significantly to the field over the second half of the 20th century, it offers insights into works that have explored aspects of the policy process, of particular features of bureaucracy, and of administrative and policy reforms. Each classic is discussed by a leading international scholars. They offer unique insights into the ways in which individual classics have been received in scholarly debates and disciplines, how classics have shaped evolving research agendas, and how the individual classics continue to shape contemporary scholarly debates. In doing so, this volume offers a novel approach towards considering the various central contributions to the field. The Handbook offers students of public policy and administration state-of-the-art insights into the enduring impact of key contributions to the field.

Explaining Foreign Policy Book

Explaining Foreign Policy


  • Author : Steve A. Yetiv
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2004-03-22
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 080187811X

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Explaining Foreign Policy Excerpt :

Scholars of international relations tend to prefer one model or another in explaining the foreign policy behavior of governments. Steve Yetiv, however, advocates an approach that applies five familiar models: rational actor, cognitive, domestic politics, groupthink, and bureaucratic politics. Drawing on the widest set of primary sources and interviews with key actors to date, he applies each of these models to the 1990-91 Persian Gulf crisis and to the U.S. decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. Probing the strengths and shortcomings of each model in explaining how and why the United States decided to proceed with the Persian Gulf War, he shows that all models (with the exception of the government politics model) contribute in some way to our understanding of the event. No one model provides the best explanation, but when all five are used, a fuller and more complete understanding emerges. In the case of the Gulf War, Yetiv demonstrates the limits of models that presume rational decision-making as well as the crucial importance of using various perspectives. Drawing partly on the Gulf War case, he also develops innovative theories about when groupthink can actually produce a positive outcome and about the conditions under which government politics will likely be avoided. He shows that the best explanations for government behavior ultimately integrate empirical insights yielded from both international and domestic theory, which scholars have often seen as analytically separate. With its use of the Persian Gulf crisis as a teachable case study and coverage of the more recent Iraq war, Explaining Foreign Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of foreign policy, international relations, and related fields.

Specifics of Decision Making in Modern Business Systems Book

Specifics of Decision Making in Modern Business Systems


  • Author : Elena G. Popkova
  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-08-01
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787566910

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Specifics of Decision Making in Modern Business Systems Excerpt :

Specifics of Decision Making in Modern Business Systems focuses on the regularities and tendencies that are peculiar for the modern Russian practice of decision making in business systems, as well as the authors’ solutions for its optimization in view of new challenges and possibilities.