Worth a Look: New Books on Grand Strategies

Worth A Look
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“Since the end of the Cold War, impulse and ideology, generously seasoned with fantasy, have displaced principled strategy as the basis for U. S. policy. In this important and timely volume, Barry R. Posen illuminates the path back toward good sense and sobriety. Restraint is a splendid achievement.”―Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University, author of Breach of Trust

Available Now:

2015 American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy

2015 Grand Strategy in Theory and Practice: The Need for an Effective American Foreign Policy

2015 What Good Is Grand Strategy?: Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush

2015 Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

2015 The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power

2013 Political Economy and Grand Strategy: A Neoclassical Realist View

2013 The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars

2011 The Shaping of Grand Strategy: Policy, Diplomacy, and War

2010 A Calculus of Power: Grand Strategy in the Twenty-First Century

2007 Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk

2007 The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present

2007 The Political Economy of Grand Strategy

1996 The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War


2016 Grand Strategy and Military Alliances

2015 American Grand Strategy and Corporate Elite Networks: The Open Door since the End of the Cold War

‘This is an outstanding, ground-breaking study that puts elite studies back on the agenda. But it goes far further than rehashing C Wright Mills’s The Power Elite or William Domhoff’s Who Rules America. The study establishes the objective and subjective significance of elites in American society, politics and foreign policy, and then even more significantly, shows through key decisions taken by administrations from Clinton to Obama how elites set the agenda for post-Cold war American grand strategy. This is a remarkable book that will become required reading for political scientists, area studies and IR specialists.’ – Inderjeet Parmar, Professor in International Politics. City University London

2015 Grand Strategy in Global History [2 volumes]: Harnessing Diplomacy, Economics, and Military Force to Advance National Interests

Previously Reviewed:

2013 Strategy: A History

2011 Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy: Reforming the Structure and Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy

2011 Lines of Fire: A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security

2010 Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order

2008 To Lead the World: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine

2004 Strategy: Process, Content, Context–An International Perspective

2003 The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century

2002 Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition

1999 Modern Strategy

1993 The Domestic Base of Grand Strategy

1992 Grand Strategies in War and Peace

1989 Preventing World War III: A Realistic Grand Strategy

1986 Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age

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