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Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This new edition of Michael H. Hunt's classic reinterpretation of American diplomatic history includes a preface that reflects on the personal experience and intellectual agenda behind the writing of the book, surveys the broad impact of the book's argument, and addresses the challenges to the thesis since the book's original publication. In the wake of 9/11 this interpret ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published September 10th 1987)
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Wes Bishop
Jul 27, 2011 Wes Bishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall good book. Hunt is not a writer and as a reader one should remember this but his critique on foreign policy and the facets that affect it are good and should be read today as the U.S. continues involvement in the Middle East.
Joseph Stieb
May 01, 2016 Joseph Stieb rated it liked it
An informative but flawed cultural critique of USFP. Hunt's argument is that 3 ideas/cultural memes have shaped USFP since the founding: 1. A sense of national greatness or destiny, i.e. exceptionalism. 2. A racial hierarchy with whites at the top. 3. Fear and opposition to the majority of revolutions that don't fit the moderate, responsible example of the American Revolution. His explanations of each of these are very interesting and detailed, and I'm convinced that these are powerful, even som ...more
Eric Smith
Aug 30, 2015 Eric Smith rated it really liked it
This is, it must be remembered, a critical, socio-historical analysis ... It aims to demonstrate, in particular, how the cultural biases of American foreign policy makers have skewed and altered American political behaviors. Hunt is particularly concerned wi the narrative of race and racial ideology, and while his work is powerful it suffers from being somewhat over deterministic ... Rather than racial ideology being a major generative force in our foreign policy it is "the" force, explaining bo ...more
Jessica
Excellent breakdown of American ideological principles. When one looks closely at the events of the Vietnam War, one will find that Hunt's arguments stand the test of scrutiny.
Yonnibardavi
Dec 16, 2009 Yonnibardavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I ever read on why American foreign policy makes sense.
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