A welcome addition to texts on U.S. foreign policy. The book provides a very comprehensive and yet succinct overview of theories, the history of U.S. foreign policy from the founding of the country, and a contemporary analysis of foreign policy and considerations for the future. The inclusion of a feminist analysis, which is often neglected in most texts, is also appreciated. The writing is very accessible to students, linking their own lives to how and why foreign policy matters to them. (Kristen P. Williams, Clark University)
Teachers of American foreign policy often struggle to find the right balance between diplomatic history and contemporary policy debates. In a short and highly readable text, Joyce Kaufman gets the balance just right and provides an anchor for building effective classroom discussions about where we have come from and where we might be headed. (Robert Strong, Washington and Lee University)
A very good, concise summary suitable for undergraduate students in U.S. International Relations. (Andrew F. Clark, University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
About the Author
Joyce P. Kaufman is professor of political science and director of the Center for Engagement with Communities at Whittier College.