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Fighting the Cold War
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When four-star general John Rogers Galvin retired from the US Army after forty-four years of distinguished service in 1992, the Washington Post hailed him as a man "without peer among living generals." In Fighting the Cold War: A Soldier's Memoir, the celebrated soldier, scholar, and statesman recounts his active participation in more than sixty years of international history -- from the onset of World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the post--Cold War era.

Galvin's illustrious tenure included the rare opportunity to lead two different Department of Defense unified commands: United States Southern Command in Panama from 1985 to 1987 and United States European Command from 1987 to 1992. In his memoir, he recounts fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes about his interactions with world leaders, describing encounters such as his experience of watching President José Napoleón Duarte argue eloquently against US intervention in El Salvador; a private conversation with Pope John Paul II in which the pontiff spoke to him about what it means to be a man of peace; and his discussion with General William Westmoreland about soldiers' conduct in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia. In addition, Galvin recalls his complex negotiations with a number of often difficult foreign heads of state, including Manuel Noriega, Augusto Pinochet, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ratko Mladić.

As NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the tumultuous five years that ended the Cold War, Galvin played a key role in shaping a new era. Fighting the Cold War illuminates his leadership and service as one of America's premier soldier-statesmen, revealing him to be not only a brilliant strategist and consummate diplomat but also a gifted historian and writer who taught and mentored generations of students.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. General David H. Petraeus
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part 1. Pleasant Street
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Flashing Eyes
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 2. Shadows on the Ceiling
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. 3. The Pleasant Street Army
  2. pp. 17-22
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  1. 4. If God Was Mad
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. 5. My Nine Lives
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. Part 2. Army Life
  2. pp. 37-38
  1. 6. West Point: A Time for Testing
  2. pp. 39-47
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  1. 7. Forst Benning: Just Like Artillery, Only Bigger
  2. pp. 48-54
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  1. 8. Puerto Rico: Schooling
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. 9. Lanceros: Continuen
  2. pp. 63-83
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  1. 10. 101st Airborne Division
  2. pp. 84-112
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  1. 11. Fort Knox and Ginny
  2. pp. 113-122
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  1. Part 3. War
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. 12. First Vietnam
  2. pp. 125-157
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  1. 13. Pentagon: The Papers
  2. pp. 158-174
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  1. 14. Second Vietnam: All Roads Lead to Rang Rang
  2. pp. 175-216
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  1. Part 4. Mixed Command and Staff Assignments
  2. pp. 217-218
  1. 15. The Fletcher School
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. 16. Stuttgart: The Big Staffs
  2. pp. 225-233
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  1. 17. Belgium: Supreme Commanders Goodpaster and Haig
  2. pp. 234-238
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  1. 18. 3rd Infantry Division
  2. pp. 239-248
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  1. 19. 8th Infantry Division
  2. pp. 249-261
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  1. 20. 24th Infantry Division
  2. pp. 262-277
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  1. 21. VI Corps: Warrior Preparation
  2. pp. 278-292
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  1. Part 5. Southern Command
  2. pp. 293-294
  1. 22. Southern Command, Panama
  2. pp. 295-311
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  1. 23. Honduras
  2. pp. 312-318
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  1. 24. El Salvador
  2. pp. 319-330
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  1. 25. Colombia
  2. pp. 331-338
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  1. Part 6. Supreme Commander
  2. pp. 339-340
  1. 26. Buttressing
  2. pp. 341-354
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  1. 27. The White House and Nuclear Arms Reduction
  2. pp. 355-360
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  1. 28. Conventional Forces in Europe
  2. pp. 361-371
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  1. 29. WINTEX, the War Game
  2. pp. 372-378
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  1. 30. Change: The Right Mix
  2. pp. 379-386
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  1. 31. The Wall
  2. pp. 387-391
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  1. 32. A Strategy for Change
  2. pp. 392-403
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  1. 33. The First Gulf War
  2. pp. 404-413
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  1. 34. Red Square
  2. pp. 414-426
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  1. 35. The Rescue of the Kurds
  2. pp. 427-441
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  1. 36. Tje New Force Structure
  2. pp. 442-452
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  1. 37. The Coup
  2. pp. 453-456
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  1. Part 7. Global Perspective
  2. pp. 457-458
  1. 38. Back to West Point--by Way of Bosnia
  2. pp. 459-475
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  1. 39. Ohio State University and Global Strategy Seminars
  2. pp. 476-479
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  1. 40. Back to Fletcher: Leading and Teaching Leadership
  2. pp. 480-490
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 491-492
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 493-494
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 495-520
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  1. Photographs
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