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America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11: The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on Terror

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When the Berlin Wall collapsed on November 9, 1989— signaling the end of the Cold War—America and the West declared victory: Democracy and free markets had prevailed and the United States emerged as the world's triumphant superpower. The finger-on-the-button tension that had defined a generation was over, and it seemed that peace was at hand. The next twelve years rolled b ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by PublicAffairs (first published June 2nd 2008)
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Keith
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying history of American foreign policy in one of its most consequential, but also overlooked, decades in the 1990s. My biggest gripe is that it barely touches on a major player: the influence of corporate power in shaping foreign policy during the 90s. Otherwise, a good volume for anyone interested in how America's current foreign policy mess evolved over the course of a decade. ...more
Heather G
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent

Really good, especially considering the author has an obvious political bias towards the end. Very informative. I was kid in the 90's so this was very interesting to make sense of what I heard adults talking about "back then"
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Barney
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"It is the legacy of 11/9 that we still live with today, as Republicans and Democrats try to define the direction the country should take." (xii)

This book is very good. I mean, really good. I felt I learned more about the current fucked up state of American Politics reading this than I have from any other source. Both authors are Political Science professors, the bibliography includes writings from across the political spectrum. Having watched both the Berlin Wall and the Two Towers come down on
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Joseph Stieb
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very well-written and reasonably concise history of USFP and domestic politics in the 1990's. Almost the entire book is about Clinton, and the author presents Clinton's FP approach in a clear and detailed way. Chollet effectively refutes the idea that Clinton had no framework for foreign policy. Clinton's framework was to use US power and resources cooperatively with allies and institutions to expand democracy around the world and preserve and expand the open international economic order. Unli ...more
Andrew
Published in 2008, the authors re-tell the history of the post-Cold War presidencies of Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43 as it pertains to the challenges of finding a new path for America and American foreign policy in the increasingly complex Globalized world that blossomed after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The debates over threats vs. values, peace-dividends vs. global leadership, assertiveness and humility raged quietly in the corridors of foreign policy decision-makers while Americans generall ...more
David
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing history that steers clear of editorializing, cheerleading or any of the things that could have made this partisan pap. As the title states, this is a history from the fall of the Berlin Wall (11-9) to 9-11, and how in spite of what we think, 9-11 did not "change everything." The 12 years between the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the War on Terror were years where there was great struggle to determine what the role of the U.S in the world would be--how military and ...more
Cade
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Excellent book on American foreign policy between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. Gives a balanced assessment of Democratic and Republican engagement in the conflicts and foreign policy issues of the decade. The only fault I found was the authors give Clinton a bit of a pass when it comes to his administration's reluctance to authorize covert direct action missions by JSOC or CIA in pursuit of Bin Laden in '98 and '99. The authors did an excellent job of highlighting the evolution of Clint ...more
Nicholas Smith
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic overview of a little considered and little understood decade. This is a fascinating tour of US foreign policy between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the attack on the World Trade Centre and filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge and helped make sense of the policy taken in the 2000's. Because of the focus being on foreign policy there was sometimes either an absence of detail on what was happening domestically or assumptions made as to the depth of the readers knowledge but these ...more
Joel
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A thorough reflection of the time considered to be everything from the end of history to the rise of globalism.

The first Bush and (first?) Clinton administration's evolving views and actions as well as relationships globally and to the military are discussed in depth in an appealing historical dryness.
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Keith Hall
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting book about US foreign policy. It didn't really lead to any conclusion, though. After talking with the author I get the feeling that it was a history book. It was interesting to see the development of the Iraq conflict from Bush to Clinton to Bush, though. ...more
Claudio Sultana
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a student that wanted to learn more about America foreign policy this book went into great detail and explained in clear terms the consequences of the decisions that were taken and the debates behind each decision. I would recommend this book.
Barb Nuttall Pramick
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
"a great overview of American foreign policy as we moved from the Cold War to the War on Terror " ...more
Kris
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic history lesson from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the fall of the Twin Towers. Eye-opening, well-researched, and eerie!
Xavier Rauscher
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the greatest books on post-Cold War American Foreign Policy. Truly enlightening.
Steven Miller
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A compelling look at a fascinating period of time. Though I do not agree with the authors' politics (which can be seen in the book), I enjoyed and learned much from reading this work. ...more
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