The Shield and the Cloak

The Shield and the Cloak : The Security of the Commons

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Gary Hart has long been one of the nation's foremost experts on national security, combining a deep knowledge of national security policy with first-hand experience of the political realities that influence how America safeguards itself and its interests. In his new book, Hart outlines the fundamental changes with which America must grapple when confronting the current terrorist threat-a threat with no state and no geographic home-base and thus no real target for the world's largest and most sophisticated military force. Hart argues for a security of the commons, emphasizing that the new security will require a shield for the homeland as well as a cloak of non-military security, including security of income, community, environment, and energy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 137.2 x 208.3 x 17.8mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195326962
  • 9780195326963

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A public intellectual of the first rank. * Des Moines Register * An accessible and stimulating read for those interested in national security, politics and terrorism. * Publishers Weekly * The Shield and the Cloak is about big ideas-and a reminder that they matter. Experts and common citizens alike would be well served to read this book closely and heed Hart's core message and his example. * The Washington Monthly * Hart brings excellent credentials to the subject of security policy. This book's value lies in its stylistic clarity and conceptual breadth, qualities that make it a likely contender in forthcoming political debate. Hart's recommendations nicely balance the notion of security as an aggregate of domestic policies with specific recommendations to strengthen military, diplomatic, and intelligence capabilities. This book is likely to get serious attention. Recommended
for all public and academic libraries. * Library Journal * A comprehensive, clear-eyed polemic on how this nation-along with the rest of the world, not in spite of it-should provide security for its people. He makes a concise, articulate argument, minus the shrillness of much of today's discourse, that he believes it is imperative that we provide that security and that the manner in which the current crop of powers-that-be are going about it is wrongheaded. * The Denver Post *
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About Gary Hart

Gary Hart represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate from 1975 to 1987. He is the author of seventeen books, has taught at Yale, and lectured at the University of California and Oxford University, where he earned a doctor of philosophy degree in politics in 2001. As co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, he was credited with forecasting a 9/11-type attack. He resides with his family in Kittredge,
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