Highly recommended for aficionados of foreign-policy and national-security issues.
a lucid and insightful guide to the use of armed force as an instrument of U.S. power.
Betts combines serious thought, common sense, and deep historical knowledge, rather than simply applying abstract theories, and his conclusions are expressed in plain English
(Lawrence D. Freedman Foreign Affairs
This volume is instructive for policy makers and would be engaging and provocative in the classroom.... Recommeded.
American Force deserves to be widely read and debated.
(Scott A. Silverstone H-Diplo Roundtable
Richard Betts has written an extremely important book that is probably the best critique of the prevalent bipartisan thinking on post-Cold War foreign policy produced to date.... [Betts] has already written four or five classics in the field, and this book adds another to that remarkable list.
(Michael O'Hanlon Political Science Quarterly
Betts provides a sobering and bluntly honest critique of US force. He does so through clear writing and argument.
(David Ryan International Affairs
American Force is a well-reasoned and thoughtful critique of the current U.S. national security environment, one that policymakers should not ignore.
(Thomas Meagher H-War
Richard K. Betts offers fresh thinking about where America stands in the world in the early twenty-first century and how this nation can move forward most sensibly in the defense of its territory and global interests. In short, this is an outstanding effort. There is no other book quite like it.
(Loch K. Johnson, University of Georgia)