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American Foreign Policy Since World War II

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Despite its status as the world's lone superpower, the United States confronts a variety of serious challenges in the world today: ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nuclear tensions involving Iran and North Korea, and strained American relations with allies in the European Union and the United Nations. In updating their book, authors Hook and Spanier find that these ne ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by CQ Press (first published September 1st 1900)
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Every four years America replaces a stupid president with a more stupid one and anyone can notice this ,After the second world war they replace a fool president , Harry Truman who decided to destroy thousands of Japanese people by the nuclear bomb , by another stupid guy ,Dwight D. Eisenhower who decided also to help France and Israel in their triple war on Egypt in 1956 , and then Lyndon Johnson , John Kennedy and Nixon , the cheater president , continue this bloody war policy in Vietnam for 20 ...more
Despite being a very slow read, I loved this book. If you'd like to gain a better understanding of global interactions and the Cold War, this is the book for you. While reading this book, you begin to connect the dots and see the secondary and tertiary effects of conflicts or economic events during the Cold War. Spanier sufficiently covers events like the SALT treaties or the Vietnam War, but he digs deeper and gets down into the weeds of lesser known events. For example, he shows the effects of ...more
Omair Tariq
Decent book. The book seems to come from a center-right point of view. Nevertheless it discusses key points in American foreign policy has a strong historical element. The book is good in explaining the crisis United States faced in international politics and how policy makers handled those crisis and formulated policies. The book seems to avoid flaws and double standards in U.S. foreign policy, in that sense it fails to connect important events in history which were either a direct or indirect ...more
Feb 05, 2008 Ehren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ehren by: SEST-510
Very good discussions about the events that shaped US foreign policy since the cold war era. If you are not a history buff, this book will probably be very informative and useful to you.
Hannah Spaar
Actually probably one of the best textbooks I've ever used. Not painful at all, though the blow-by-blows of September 11th and the 2008 economic crisis were a little unnecessary.
Read this for my Defense Foreign Policy class and thought it was a great history of American foreign policy. Good if you're just wanting to take in some history too!
Dec 08, 2008 Anjuli added it
Book in a nutshell: US vital national interests beat common sense. Always.
Not as heinously boring as I thought it’d be, nor as heinously biased.
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