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What Good Is Grand Strategy?: Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush by [Hal Brands]
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What Good Is Grand Strategy?: Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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'What Good Is Grand Strategy? is a timely, historically based study of the good, the bad, and the ugly in American grand strategy in the period from Truman's administration to that of the latest Bush administration. Hal Brands knows his sources and has used them with sophistication and balance.'aWilliamson Murray, Potomac Institute of Policy Studies, coauthor of The Iraq War: A Military History'Hal Brands provides order and structure to ongoing discussions about the nature and implementation of grand strategy. His overview of grand strategy analyzes and assesses the grand strategies of Truman, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush 43. This compelling book fills an important niche; it should become a core text in the study of grand strategy and foreign policy.'aFrancis J. Gavin, Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas at Austin, author of Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age'This is an exceptionally good book. In it, Hal Brands looks to clarify both the nature and the possibilities of grand strategy within the American context. In order to do so, he examines four historical casesaTruman, Nixon, Reagan, and Bushaand draws a number of timely lessons from them regarding the perennial nature of the subject. The book concludes with these lessons. Brands suggests that even at the best of times, the making of grand strategy is an immensely complicated, messy, and difficult process, characterized by surprises, pushback, infighting, and incremental changes. Overall, this is simply one of the best and most useful books on grand strategy that I have seen.'aColin Dueck, George Mason University, author of Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Jeffrey A. Engel is Director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00I03L3DW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornell University Press; Reprint edition (21 January 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1343 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 290 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0801456738
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