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American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (Fifth Edition) 5th Edition
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This new book is very good in outlining the major goals that US foreign policy has followed. The author uses an interesting approach that he called the 4 P's, which stand for Power, Peace, Prosperity & Principle. Accoding to him all of US foreing policy can be analysed using these 4 guidelines. However, the 4 P's are usually never simultaneouly achievable in a single foreign policy decision, and hence, some usually have to be sacrificed or traded off for others. This means that foreign policy usually has to be prioritized, since it is highly unlikely that even a superpower like the USA can usually realize all of the 4 P's in a single decision. Hence, the subtitle of the book is called the Dynamics of Choice... Principle, by the way, stands for morals or morality in foreign policy. This method is clearly a good one, for it gives the students a new solid perspective when it comes to analyzing any of the foreign policy decisions that the USA has taken in the past. The book also provides a lot of examples that are both very relevant and vivid when explaining many things to the students and readers.
It is up to date, and includes new material and debates, so that, if willing, both the students and the professors can engage in debates.
The only negative thing that I found to be really surprising was the fact that this new 3rd edition is actually a lot shorter than my 2nd edition. Why the publishing company did this, is anybodys guess. For my part I'm just glad that I bought the 2nd edition and not the shorter 3rd new edition. If you have the chance I'd urge you to buy the longer 2nd edition.
Along with "American Foreign Policy" by Eugene Wittkopf and Charles Kegley this is the best book that I've found on US foreign policy.
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Progressive author not balanced . More money wasted in the liberal bastion of university systemPublished 3 months ago by Hypnos
Its a very good book but sent to me wrong edition I ask for fifth editionPublished 12 months ago by Ninette Mirzakhanian
Purchased for the college kid. Positives...good price, negatives...Obama on the front cover!Published 14 months ago by Bill Dodson
It was a required book for a class I took and it was very informative about the subject it covers.Published on February 13, 2014 by Michael