"Anni Baker has done a great service by highlighting a most significant, but rarely understood feature of American foreign policy. Armed with clear prose, this is a work of impressive historical detail and geographic scope.... This book offers profound lessons that are more timely than ever. - Charles Moskos, Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University. The question of how others perceive the United States, its leadership, and its citizens has long occupied the attention of scholars.... So, too, has the inseparable question of what influences how others perceive the United States... One robust influence is the stationing of U.S. armed forces throughout the globe. Baker has produced a pioneering history of the effects of the global presence of the U.S. military throughout the Cold War. We can learn much from it about then - and about now. - Richard H. Immerman, Chair of History, Temple University."
Examines the history and cultural impact of the U.S. military presence around the world, focusing on the two-way exchange, both positive and negative, where societies meet.