Foreign policy fiascos. Leap of faith asks profound questions about the limits of US power and the accountability for its use. Few errors in U. S. But more than the product of one bungling administration, the invasion of Iraq emerges here as a tragically typical example of modern U. S. To this day, even the principal architects of the war cannot agree on it.
Leap of Faith: Hubris, Negligence, and America's Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy #ad - Michael mazarr has interviewed dozens of players involved in the deliberations about the invasion of Iraq and has reviewed all the documents so far declassified. Foreign policy have had longer-lasting or more harmful consequences. The dramatic insider account of why we invaded Iraq, the motivations that drove it, and the frustrations of those who tried and failed to stop it, leading to the most costly misadventure in US history.
A single disastrous choice in the wake of 9/11-the decision to use force to remove Saddam Hussein from power-did enormous damage to the wealth, well-being, and reputation of the United States.
Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965Cambridge University Press #ad - Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, first published in 2007, Triumph Forsaken, overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. After diem's assassination, but he ruled out these options because of faulty assumptions and inadequate intelligence, President Lyndon Johnson had at his disposal several aggressive policy options that could have enabled South Vietnam to continue the war without a massive US troop infusion, making such an infusion the only means of saving the country.
Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States. The book provides many insights into the overthrow of south vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese government's tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and political gains between 1954 and 1963.
America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11; The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of thePublicAffairs #ad - The next twelve years passed in a haze of self-congratulation, and economic prosperity—until they ended abruptly with a stunning catastrophe on September 11, Republican confusion, and angst, 2001. In america between the wars, derek chollet and james goldgeier blend deep expertise with broad access to both parties' political and policy establishments to find out how—and why—America failed to recognize that when we became the sole superpower with responsibility for the world's oversight, we overlooked how the new world actually worked.
On november 9, the berlin wall collapsed, 1989, taking the Cold War down with it.
Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American CenturyKnopf #ad - From his days as a young adviser in vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it.
Walter isaacson, maybe the third, The New York Times Book Review"By the end of the second page, you will be hooked. There never was a diplomat-activist quite like Holbrooke, beguiling and brutal, catty and critical, and there seldom has been a book quite like this -- sweeping and sentimental, much like the man himself.
David M. In our man, drawn from holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited. Shribman, utterly self-absorbed, The Boston GlobeRichard Holbrooke was brilliant, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites.
Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century #ad - His story is thus the story of america during its era of supremacy: its strength, and sense of possibility, drive, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era.
But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted.
The Rise and Fall of Peace on EarthOxford University Press #ad - Mandelbaum argues that the widespread peace ended because three major countries -- Vladimir Putin's Russia in Europe, Xi Jinping's China in East Asia, and the Shia clerics' Iran in the Middle East -- put an end to it with aggressive nationalist policies aimed at overturning the prevailing political arrangements in their respective regions.
The three had a common motive: their need to survive in a democratic age with their countries' prospects for economic growth uncertain. Mandelbaum further argues that the key to the return of peace lies in the advent of genuine democracy, economic, including free elections and the protection of religious, and political liberty.
The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth #ad - . To be sure, wars took place in this era, but less frequently and on a far smaller scale than in previous periods. Yet, the rise and fall of peace on earth has a dual message: while the world has a formula for peace, since recent history has shown that democracy cannot be imposed from the outside, there is no way to ensure that all countries will embrace it.
In the twenty-five years after 1989, the world enjoyed the deepest peace in history. In the rise and fall of peace on earth, the eminent foreign policy scholar Michael Mandelbaum examines that remarkable quarter century, describing how and why the peace was established and then fell apart.
Triumph Revisited: Historians Battle for the Vietnam WarRoutledge #ad - More than thirty years later, the vietnam war still stands as one of the most controversial events in the history of the United States, and historians have so far failed to come up with a definitive narrative of the wartime experience. A lively introduction and conclusion by editors andrew Wiest and Michael Doidge provide context and balance to the essays, as well as Moyar’s responses, giving students and scholars of the Vietnam era a glimpse into how history is constructed and reconstructed.
. With competing viewpoints already in play, Mark Moyar’s recent revisionist approach in Triumph Forsaken has created heated debate over who "owns" the history of America’s war in Vietnam. Triumph revisited: historians battle for the vietnam war collects critiques of Triumph Forsaken from both sides of this debate, cataloguing arguments about how the war should be remembered, written by an array of Vietnam scholars, how history may be reconstructed, and by whom.
White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of WarLiveright #ad - Bush’s administration was bitterly divided by the Iraq War, his NSC staff stepped forward to write a plan for the Surge in Iraq. Juxtaposing extensive archival research with new interviews, Gans demonstrates that knowing the NSC staff’s history and its war stories is the only way to truly understand American foreign policy.
As this essential account builds to the swift removals of advisors General Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon in 2017, we see the staff’s influence in President Donald Trump’s still chaotic administration and come to understand the role it might play in its aftermath. A revelatory history written with riveting dc insider detail, debilitating fights within the government, White House Warriors traces the path that has led us to an era of American aggression abroad, and whispers about a deep state conspiring against the public.
In the 1980s, president ronald reagan’s nsc was cast into turmoil by overreaching staff members who, led by Oliver North, nearly brought down a presidency in the Iran-Contra scandal. President kennedy was, as john gans documents, the fraught cuban Missile Crisis, the first to make what became known as the NSC staff his own, selectively hiring bright young aides to do his bidding during the disastrous Bay of Pigs operation, and the deepening Vietnam War.
White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War #ad - Despite kennedy’s death and the tragic outcome of some of his decision, the NSC staff endured. Nearly an afterthought, a small administrative staff was established to help keep its papers moving. The nsc, part gladiator arena, part star chamber, and part Game of Thrones drama is expertly revealed to us in the pages of Gans’ primer on Washington power.
The Culture of Military OrganizationsCambridge University Press #ad - Except in unique circumstances culture grows slowly, embedding so deeply that members often act unconsciously according to its dictates. Cultural biases often result in unstated assumptions that have a deep impact on the making of strategy, doctrinal creation, operational planning, and the organization and training of armed forces.
Culture has an enormous influence on military organizations and their success or failure in war. The sixteen case studies in this volume examine the culture of armies, navies, and air forces from the Civil War to the Iraq War and how and why culture affected their performance in the ultimate arbitration of war.
The Culture of Military Organizations #ad - Yet, because it entails so many external factors that impinge, warp, it also remains the most difficult to describe and understand, and distort its formation and continuities. Of all the factors that are involved in military effectiveness, culture is perhaps the most important.
The Future of PowerPublicAffairs #ad - The future of power examines what it means to be forceful and effective in a world in which the traditional ideas of state power have been upended by technology, and rogue actors. Today, russia, india, China, and others are increasing their share of world power resources. He shows how power resources are adapting to the digital age and how smart power strategies must include more than a country's military strength.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, unsurpassed in military strength and ownership of world resources, the United States was indisputably the most powerful nation in the world. Nye, Jr. Innovations, a longtime analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government, bold technologies, delivers a new power narrative that considers the shifts, and new relationships that are defining the twenty-first century.
The Future of Power #ad - The cyberage has created a new power frontier among states, ripe with opportunity for developing countries. To remain at the pinnacle of world power, the United States must adopt a strategy that designed for a global information age. The internet has literally put power at the fingertips of nonstate agents, allowing them to launch cyberattacks from their homes.
. Information once reserved for the government is now available for mass consumption. Joseph S.
The Washington War: FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War IIBantam #ad - . With the master manipulator, at the center, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, setting his brawling patriots one against the other and promoting and capitalizing on the furious turf wars. A team of rivals for world war ii—the inside story of how FDR and the towering personalities around him waged war in the corridors of Washington, D.
C. To secure ultimate victory on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Production plans that would have delayed adequate war matériel for years after Pearl Harbor, circumvented by one uncompromising man’s courage and drive. Chiefs of staff, innovators versus entrenched bureaucrats. The delicate ballet that precluded a separate peace between Stalin and Hitler.
The Washington War: FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II #ad - The washington war is the story of how the second world war was fought and won in the capital’s halls of power—and how the United States, which in December 1941 had a nominal army and a decimated naval fleet, was able in only thirty months to fling huge forces onto the European continent and shortly thereafter shatter Imperial Japan’s Pacific strongholds.
Three quarters of a century after the overwhelming defeat of the totalitarian axis forces, the terrifying, the outcome of the war could have been far different: The army in August 1941, about to be disbanded, razor-thin calculus on which so many critical decisions turned has been forgotten—but had any of these debates gone the other way, saved by a single vote.
Here are colorful portraits of the great figures—and forgotten geniuses—of the day: New Dealers versus industrialists, political power brokers versus the generals, Churchill and the British high command versus the U. S. The almost-adopted strategy to stage D-Day at a fatally different time and place.
The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its RenewalRandom House #ad - Diplomats of the last half century. Baker iii“from one of america’s consummate diplomats, The Back Channel is an incisive and sorely needed case for the revitalization of diplomacy—what Burns wisely describes as our ‘tool of first resort. Henry kissinger“burns not only offers a vivid account of how American diplomacy works, he also puts forward a compelling vision for its future that will surely inspire new generations to follow his incredible example.
Madeleine K. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. In the back channel, burns recounts, with novelistic detail and incisive analysis, some of the seminal moments of his career.
The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal #ad - Bill burns is a treasure of American diplomacy. Hillary clinton“the back channel shows how diplomacy works, why it matters, and why its recent demise is so tragic. Walter isaacson, author of leonardo da VinciOver the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Leadership remains the linchpin of international order.
James A. His dispatches from war-torn chechnya and qaddafi’s bizarre camp in the Libyan desert and his warnings of the “Perfect Storm” that would be unleashed by the Iraq War will reshape our understanding of history—and inform the policy debates of the future.