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[KINDLE] ❀ Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis ❄ Graham T. Allison – Hakkas.us

Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile CrisisOne Of The Most Influental Political Science Works Written In The Post World War II Era, The Original Edition Of Essence Of Decision Is A Unique And Fascinating Examination Of The Pivotal Event Of The Cold Cold War Not Simply Revised, But Completely Re Written, The Second Edition Of This Classic Text Is A Fresh Reinterpretation Of The Theories And Events Surrounding The Cuban Missle Crisis, Incorporating All New Information From The Kennedy Tapes And Recently Declassified Soviet Files Essence Of Decision Second Edition, Is A Vivid Look At Decision Making Under Pressure And Is The Only Single Volume Work That Attempts To Answer The Enduring Question How Should Citizens Understand The Actions Of Their Government

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  1. says:

    A difficult read, but totally worth it This book analyzes the steps which led to an almost nuclear war in 1962, between the Soviet Union and USA It uses three models to express three different layers of analysis, making it easy for the reader to follow the reasoning b...


  2. says:

    In a way, this is two parallel books One book explains various theories from political science international relations about how to understand and predict government decision making It touches on the origin, use, misuse, critiques, and benefits of these models the rational actor model, the organizational behaviorism model, and the political game model The other book explains the Cuban missile crisis through each of the above models The book explains how those m...


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    Use of a microscope, rather than a telescope, produces a different image of the same fundamental reality A Model I analyst can generate various hypotheses about why the Soviet Union decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba to defend Cuba, rectify the strategic nuclear balance, or provide an advantage in the confrontation over Berlin With details about the chronology of Soviet decisionmaking and the particular deployment, the Cuban defense hypothesis becomes less plausible and the missile power hypothesis But as the Model I analyst includes still information about Khrushchev, his personal stakes and commitments, and what he said and thought at the time much of it newly available , the story acquires a new shape, linking the missile power hypothesis to a strategy for success in Berlin The explanation is reinforced by Khrushchev s personal emphasis on Berlin prior to the missile crisis and his abandonment of it after the missiles in Cuba were withdrawn This was the missing piece in the rational actor puzzle Thompson posed about Khrushchev s Berlin policy in the summer of 1962.The American decision to respond with a blockade reflects, for the Model I analyst, Kennedy s reasoning, revealed for the first time by the secret tapes He sees his choice as one between a nuclear crisis over ...


  4. says:

    What a fun read on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis An engaging book about different models of government and leadership behavior, each told through the example of this strange and fascinating moment in diplomacy and chance Recommended for students and c...


  5. says:

    The best org behavior book i ve read to date


  6. says:

    In this update of the Ernest May original, Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow s Essence of Decision offers three different models through which to interpret the Cuban Missile Crisis The first model, the Rational Actor Model or RAM , provides a paradigm that describes rational actors methods to maximize political and diplomatic utility The second model, the Organizational Behavior Model, accounts for the influence of organizations and institutions on decision making processes The third and final model, which focuses on governmental politics, examines how separated institutions share power and the effects of group processes on decision making Each of the book s three sections begins by explaining a particular model and then finishes by applying that model to the events of October 1962 The result is a thought provoking but inconclusive look at the most dangerous thirteen days of the atomic era Allison and Zelikow never take a firm stance on the correct method of analysis for the crisis The end result is a book meant to inform and advise policymakers on how to read this historic event that never actually does so What the book does make clear is the influence economic theory has had on IR theory and policy decisions For example, the first chapter s use of the Rational Actor Model is clearly based on the homo economus givens used in nearly all economic models The connections that Allison and...


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    I picked up Essence of Decision second edition being discarded at MIT Sloan Despite only rating this book at 3 stars, I do not regret picking it up While quite dry, the book takes a unique approach, mixing day by day detailed history with abstract theory I went into this book knowing about the Cuban Missile Crisis in only a vague sketchy way I felt comfortable with IR theory, having minored in it at Tulane I could only take the book s claims about the missile crisis at face value I definitely disagreed with, or found unhelpful, with a bunch of the theoryThe book alternates theory chapters with analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the lens of the previous chapter s theory The book considers three models of international politics, which it calls the Rational Actor model, the Organizational Behavior model, and the Governmental Politics model All of these models, especially the first because it is the simplest, come in different flavors IMHO, the book s strongest section was the analysis of the Missile Crisis under the first mode In the first section, the book makes a compelling case that Khrushchev s decision to place missiles in Cuba had ...


  8. says:

    Essence of Decision is a classic for a reason For anyone who cares about government decision making, it is hard to find another single book as practical and useful While the treatment of the Cuban Missile Crisis is fascinating, the book s greatest value is its presentation of multiple lenses for analyzing decisions the rational actor model, the organizational model, and the political model The book wi...


  9. says:

    This book illustrates how decisions can be analyzed retrospectively, including a taste of how different theories of decision making will change what one concludes about what the actors involved must have believed and wanted.When I went back to college after leaving my first career, my fascination with this book was one of the principle reasons I choose International Relations as my subject matter In retrospect, I should have tracked down a program in Decision Theory instead, but...


  10. says:

    Loved it Nerded out Explains that to truly analyze, explain and predict decisions in a foreign relations setting, than the standard Rational Actor Model is necessary One must also look at decisions through the prisms of organizational behavior and again, separately political a...

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