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No Clear And Present Danger: A Skeptical View Of The UNited States Entry Into World War II Paperback – August 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0813331959 ISBN-10: 0813331951 Edition: Anniversary

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Anniversary edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813331951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813331959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce M. Russett is Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations and Political Science and the director of United Nations studies at Yale University. He is the editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Earth that Was on August 29, 2006
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Yale University Political Scientist Bruce Russett's thesis can be summarised with the following quote from his book.

"American participation in World War II had very little effect on the essential structure of international politics thereafter, and probablt did little either to advance the material welfare of most Americans or to make the nation secure from foreign military threats (the presumed goals of advocates of a "realist" foreign policy). (By structure I mean the basic balance of forces in the world, regardless of which particular nations are powerful vis-a-vis the United States.) In fact, most Americans probably would have been no worse off, and probably a little better, if the United States had never become a belligerent. Russia replaced Germany as the great threat to European security, and Japan, despite it's territorial losses, is once more a great power."

It's natural when paradigms are failing for investigators to return to their origins and seek out the views of their critics. Ronald Radosh did this when he was a member of the New Left and America's then quagmire was in rice paddies not quick sand. Radosh interrogated the writings of five isolationist critics of America's path to WWII and the Cold War. Other investigators sift through the fine detail, revisit the archives and engage in revisionist history. With the new quagmire we are seeing this deju vu all over again.

But Russett eschews both those paths. He neither unburies forgotten prophets or trawls for lost telegrams, instead he turns the fine focus to blurr and looks for the big picture. In his final chapters we get a taste of his 'macroscopic" methodology.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
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This is a very moderate book in regard to conjectures made by the author; Russett is not even an isolationist. He still points out very compelling reasons why US entry was forced by bad choices made by American leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john thames on October 15, 2013
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This little volume was one of the first to challenge the post-war myth of "the good war". It is true that earlier authors, such as Beard, Tansill and Morgenstern had made the same arguments, but by the time Russet's little gem was published these were merely relics of a forgotten point of view. Mr. Anspacher makes a great to-do over a non-existent Nazi "threat" to Britain. The threat was illusory; Hitler through Hess made a peace offer to Britain to pull the Wehrmacht out of western Europe and direct it against Russia.

Russett is correct in his conclusions although somewhat milquetoast in how he presents his case. His book was, however, a first step toward breaking the historical ice.
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