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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read (even if you thought you already understood it)
Joyce Kaufman explains the choices made by the people in charge of American foreign policy from the beginning to now and tells why the choices were made. Stripped of ideology and rhetoric she tells the story simply but without patronizing the reader. She explains the dominating ideas behind the choices and the domestic and international economic and political influences...
Published on April 27, 2008 by Donald J. Sage

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2.0 out of 5 stars An insult to my intelligence
This book may be appropriate for a high school class room, but it is inappropriate for a college level class. It is overly simplistic, makes huge generalizations, and completely ignores huge parts of America's foreign policy. While I realize that it is supposed to be "concise," it is concise to the point of being misleading. It barely touches on the role of economics and...
Published on March 1, 2011 by foreignpolicylover


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read (even if you thought you already understood it), April 27, 2008
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Donald J. Sage (Mammoth Lakes, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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Joyce Kaufman explains the choices made by the people in charge of American foreign policy from the beginning to now and tells why the choices were made. Stripped of ideology and rhetoric she tells the story simply but without patronizing the reader. She explains the dominating ideas behind the choices and the domestic and international economic and political influences that helped to determine the choices. A good read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An insult to my intelligence, March 1, 2011
This review is from: A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy (Paperback)
This book may be appropriate for a high school class room, but it is inappropriate for a college level class. It is overly simplistic, makes huge generalizations, and completely ignores huge parts of America's foreign policy. While I realize that it is supposed to be "concise," it is concise to the point of being misleading. It barely touches on the role of economics and the power the U.S. exerts through the IMF, the World Bank, and foreign aid. It looks at only the biggest events that everybody already knows about-Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia, etc. If you want to learn something new or interesting, buy another book. Plan Colombia? Not mentioned even once. Propping up dictators in countries around the world? Not here. If you want to educate a 9th grader on foreign policy, this is a good book, but if you want to educate a college student, buy something more critical, with more depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read, concise overview of most US foreign affairs, November 26, 2013
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If you want to quickly brush up on essentially everything you can in a short period of time, this is the book. This book tells many foreign policy events in one. Albeit the descriptions of each are short, but the book is meant to be concise and quickly flowing!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor example of scholarship, October 9, 2013
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Skip Roads (Boston, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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This book is little more than a regurgitation of the mainstream historical record pertaining to U.S. foreign policy--and it fails even in that effort. Kaufman's writing is rife with odd, back-loaded sentence structuring, cliches, and jargon. The book seems to have been published with little or no editorial review. Additionally, Kaufman is aggressively undynamic and unchallenging in her description of major historical events related to American foreign policy. Each chapter concludes with a "What Would You Do If?" section that is as bland and conventional as it sounds. In a field with innumerable works of excellent scholarship and high-quality writing, this lazy, imprecise volume is to be avoided at all costs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise it is, October 6, 2013
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Good survey of US Foreign policy. The book effectively lays out the background and resulting process of how US foreign policy has developed over the past two centuries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, November 25, 2011
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A well written book that simplifies the history of U.S. Foreign policy. A good read for anyone who is interested in broadening their understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and easy to read, December 4, 2010
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I would have to say I quite enjoyed Kaufman's book. Being a political science major, you often find yourself being caught up in difficult to read journals and books. However, Kaufman does an extremely good job of using simple language to discuss how history has shaped our current foreign policy and how we can look to shape it in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, September 28, 2014
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YES IT IS A VERY INSTRUCTIVE BOOK
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A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy by Joyce P. Kaufman (Paperback - January 16, 2010)
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