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American Foreign Policy Since World War II

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Providing a lively and concise review of the conduct of American foreign policy since World War II, early chapters are strengthened by new historical findings, while recent developments since 9/11 receive thorough treatment and analysis. A stand-alone chapter on the Iraq War provides essential historical context as well as a detailed assessment of recent events across the ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by CQ Press (first published September 1st 1900)
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Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not as heinously boring as I thought it’d be, nor as heinously biased.
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Fredrick Danysh
American foreign policy has changed throughout its history. Spanier looks at the US's policy during the last half of the 20th century.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
i had to read it for a research paper. although it was somewhat boring, there were many interesting facts and stories in it about the united states.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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.
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Book in a nutshell: US vital national interests beat common sense. Always.
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