America Between the Wars

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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From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the fall of the Twin Towers, this is the story of how successive US administrations struggled to understand the changing world.This intensely-researched book is the definitive account of one of the most overlooked and misunderstood eras in recent US history: the 12 years after the Cold War was definitively won. These years passed in a haze of self-congratulation, economic boom, Clintonian grand theatre, Republican confusion and angst, and ended with a stunning catastrophe on September 11 2001. With that, many Americans woke from their torpor and began to focus on the world and its challenges. But how did the US fail to notice that it had created newly implacable enemies in the world, able and determined to do harm on a spectacular scale?Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier blend deep expertise and experience in government and politics at the highest levels. This has allowed them broad access to both parties' political and policy establishments to ask those who served at the time how much they were aware that the post-Cold War dream was about to become a very bitter reality. Their analysis - which finds some surprising common ground between the Clinton and George W Bush foreign policies - will provoke many people.This book shows that history did not begin on 9/11, just as it did not end on 11/9. In fact, the roots of all of the current challenges America confronts - Iraq, Islamic extremism, North Korea and Iran's nuclear programmes, efforts to rebuild failed states such as Afghanistan, the Middle East peace process, ethnic conflicts and genocides, economic globalization - stretch back to the period that began with the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the intense Washington political struggles over what to do about them. This book is the story of how the events, people and ideas of that period shaped the politics and policies of today and tomorrow.show more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 725.74g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586484966
  • 9781586484965
  • 946,237

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Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy"A deeply researched, well-written account of U.S. foreign policy in the first post-Cold War decade.... Truly essential reading." Sean Wilentz, professor of history at Princeton University and author of "The Age of Reagan""The history of diplomacy and international affairs are inseparable from the history of politics; but it is extremely difficult to do them all justice in a single book. Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier not only succeed, they succeed in style--and they provide a persuasive and entirely original way of understanding America's role in global affairs during a pivotal dozen years." Leslie H. Gelb, former "New York Times" columnist and president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations"This book is a gem of current history, a scrupulously fair and highly readable piece of old-fashioned scholarship. Chollet and Goldgeier, two of the most promising young foreign policy experts, now allow us to argue about the ten-year run up to 9/11 and know what we're talking about."show more

About Derek Chollet

Derek Chollet is an analyst and commentator on American foreign policy and politics at a leading Washington think tank. He has held positions as assistant to James A. Baker III, Secretary of State for President George H.W. Bush, and chief national security adviser to Senator John Edwards. The author of several books, he has written numerous articles in publications like the Washington Post, FT and Wall Street Journal. James Goldgeier is a professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written three previous books and has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.show more

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