Synopses & Reviews
From one of our most brilliant and original writers on U.S. foreign policy, a stunning and timely book on the policy of the Bush administration and its current grand strategy for the world.
Mead begins by analyzing Americas historical approach to the worldby no means perfect, but reasonably moral and reasonably practical on the whole. Then he examines the explosive foreign policy of the Bush administration and the uproar it has caused at home and abroad. Bush, according to Mead, is often strategically right but tactically at fault in his attempts to lead a divided nationand a divided coalition of alliesin a dangerous struggle against ruthless enemies.
We see how the mass terror attacks of 2001 have changed the political and strategic problems of American foreign policy. Despair and decay in the Arab world now present America and its allies with an extraordinarily difficult challenge. The accelerating collapse of civilized life in broad reaches of Africaand the looming disasters of a similar kind in Central Asiathreatens to create lawless, violent zones where terrorism can thrive, and weapons of mass destruction and biological and chemical weapons can proliferate.
We learn why key American alliances have frayed and why the Bush administrations pronouncements and actions have ignited the most acrimonious U.S. political battles over foreign policy since the Vietnam War. Mead closes with a rigorous assessment of both Bush and his critics, and describes the urgent steps the United States must take lest casualties in the war on terror mount and the war itself spin out of control. He proposes a new approach to the war that can rebuild domestic and international support for a tough antiterror policy, outlines a new initiative for the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and recommends sweeping changes for reforming international institutions, including the United Nations Security Council.
Power, Terror, Peace, and War is a clear, concise guide to some of the most pressing issues before us, today and for the foreseeable future.
Walter Russell Mead established his reputation with "Special Providence ("Few people writing on United States foreign policy are as brilliant and original"--Douglas Brinkley). Now he hives us a stunning and timely book on the foreign policy of the Bush administration and its current grand strategy. Mead begins by analyzing America's historic approach to the world--reasonably moral and reasonably practical, with notable aberrations. Then he examines the explosive foreign policy of the Bush administration and the uproar it has caused at home and abroad. Bitterly divided within itself, the administration is leading a divided nation--and a divided coalition of allies--in a dangerous struggle against ruthless enemies. We see how the mass terror attacks of 2001 changed the political and strategic realities of American foreign policy; we learn why key U.S. alliances frayed and why the Bush policies have ignited the most acrimonious U.S. political battles over foreign policy since the Vietnam War. Mead closes with a no-holds-barred assessment of both Bush and his critics, and describes the urgent steps the United States must take before the war on terror spins out of control. Here is clear, concise guide to some of the most pressing issues before us, today and for the foresee-able future.
About the Author
Walter Russell Mead, the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of Mortal Splendor and Special Providence, which won the Lionel Gelber Award for best book on international affairs in English for the year 2002. He is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times; has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker; and is a regular reviewer of books on the United States for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Mead also lectures regularly on American foreign policy. He lives in New York City.