Title JFK’s Forgotten Crisis
Subtitle Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian War
Author Bruce Riedel
ISBN 9780815731634
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 0
Book size 159 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
Published in India by Brookings Institution Press
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“Superb history.”

The Economist

“Bruce Riedel—a national security adviser to four US presidents—brings the forgotten Indochina one to life. His book is a minor gem of elegant history writing…There is much in Riedel’s short book to pore over.”

The Financial Times

“The greatest value in ‘JFK’s Forgotten Crisis’ is the compelling answers it provides.”

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“This short, well written, engaging book is highly recommended.”

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Description:

Bruce Riedel provides new perspective and insights over Kennedy’s forgotten crisis in the most dangerous days of the cold war.

The Cuban Missile Crisis defined the presidency of John F. Kennedy. But the same week the world stood transfixed by the possibility of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, Kennedy was also consumed by a war that has escaped history’s attention, yet still reverberates significantly today: the Sino-Indian conflict.

As well-armed and equipped troops from the People’s Republic of China surged into Indian-held territory in October 1962, Kennedy ordered an emergency airlift of supplies to the Indian army. At the same time, he engaged in diplomatic talks that kept the neighboring Pakistanis out of the fighting. The conflict came to an end with a unilateral Chinese cease-fire, relieving Kennedy of a decision to intervene militarily in support of India.

Bruce Riedel, a CIA and National Security Council veteran, provides the first full narrative of this crisis, which played out during the tense negotiations with Moscow over Cuba. He also includes another, nearly forgotten episode of US espionage during the war between India and China: covert US support of Tibetan opposition to Chinese occupation of Tibet. He details how the United States, beginning in 1957, trained and parachuted Tibetan guerrillas into Tibet to fight Chinese military forces. The covert operation helped precipitate the conflict but the United States did not end its support of it until relations between the United States and China were normalized in the 1970s.

Riedel tells this story of war, diplomacy, and covert action with authority and perspective.  He draws on newly declassified letters between Kennedy and Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru along with the diaries and memoirs of key players and other sources make this the definitive account of JFK’s forgotten crisis. This is, Riedel writes, Kennedy’s finest hour as you have never read it before.

Contents:

Prologue: At Mount Vernon

 Introduction

 Chapter 1: Ike and India, 1950–60

 Chapter 2: Galbraith and India, 1961

 Chapter 3: Jackie and India, 1962

 Chapter 4: JFK, India, and War

 Chapter 5: From JFK to Today

Acknowledgments

Chronology

Notes

Bibliography

Index 

About the Author:

Bruce Riedel joined Brookings in 2006 after 30 years service at the Central Intelligence Agency including postings overseas in the Middle East and Europe. Riedel was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four presidents of the United States in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House.

Target Audience:

People interested in political science.

 

 
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