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ISBN-13: 978-0842029186 ISBN-10: 0842029184 Edition: 2nd

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Howard Jones draws on his remarkable breadth as a historian of U.S. foreign relations to produce a distinguished survey of America's growth from an emerging power in the 1890s to its present-day position of global preeminence. His exposition is precise; his sources, exhaustive; his illustrations, revealing; his arguments, lucid. Professor Jones fully recognizes the complexity, inconsistency, and idiosyncrasy that is the hallmark of America's engagement with the world, yet his presentation navigates a century of international rapids with an ease that students will welcome and with an authority that instructors will appreciate. (Richard H. Immerman, professor and chair, Department of History, Temple University)

Straightforward and direct, Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897 provides students with an accessible means for gaining entrée into the history of American foreign relations. It also shows some of the distinctive aspects of American statecraft, notably a concern for the impact of economic and strategic realities, as well as an ideological commitment in defense of national ideals and human rights. The author's balanced approach is exemplary. (Mark T. Gilderhus, Lyndon B. Johnson Chair, Texas Christian University)

In a volume characteristic of his broad-ranging and important scholarship on U.S. foreign relations, Professor Jones has written a comprehensive, tempered, and highly accessible narrative account of the nation's twentieth-century international involvements. While demonstrating the complexities facing U.S. policymakers and the limitations on their choices and actions, Jones offers a balanced and probing assessment of their successes and failures. (Joseph A. Fry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

About the Author

Howard Jones is University Research Professor in the Department of History at University of Alabama.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 2nd edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842029184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842029186
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Harmening on June 12, 2007
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Jones' book is presented in a very straight forward fashion. The information is presented extremely well and is easy to understand. I took Dr. Jones' American foreign policy class at the University of Alabama in 2006 and this book was the primary text used in class, obviously. The book goes in depth in issues from the digging of the Panama Canal to the end of the Cold War. His research is well thought out and is a great book for those interested in U.S. diplomatic relations or foreign policy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 8, 2001
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Howard Jones' Crucible Of Power is an essential history of American foreign relations from 1897 to modern times, and should be considered a mainstay of any serious history and political science collection. It surveys America's growth from an emerging power in the 1890s to its dominance in modern global events, considering wartime and peacetime events and measures.
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Howard Jones, in the Crucible of Power, seeks to lead the reader through the complexities involved in the decision-making process that past policymakers have had to make. He hopes that the book will be easy to read, and understand, and accomplishes this by writing a book that is well organized, accurate, fair to all parts involved, straight forward, and a comprehensive history of the major events in the nation’s foreign affairs. I have been able to find out more information on things that the author may have just touched on because of his extensive “Selective Readings” list. You are also able to fact check his work and see that he keeps an unbiased nature to his writing. He states in the Preface that there are mandatory historical works that should be considered to accompany this book, a Guide to American Foreign Relations since 1700, edited by Richard Dean Burns, American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, by Robert L. Beisner, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, edited by Bruce W. Jentleson and Thomas G. Paterson. Also the journal, Diplomatic History should be looked at because it holds articles that are on the cutting edge in the field. He validates the credibility of information or “opinions” with historical newspaper articles, photographs, maps, sectioned references of speeches given, and political cartoons. All of these things help the reader feel like they are in the time period being discussed. They also are able to process the information and make educated arguments on the validity of the information that is being presented. He also does a great job with referring back to certain topics discussed in previous chapters so you can see how things have come to fruition.
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It is important that history books be as politically neutral as possible with what is considered to be updated information at the time it was written, otherwise it calls into question the credibility of the book's information. I was fooled into thinking that this book meet those requirements until it talked about President Reagan. The book declares that Colonel Gahdafi was not behind the disco bombing that prompted Reagan to launch air strikes on Lybia. However, after the the fall of the Berlin Wall evidence was found in Stasi headquarters, the East German secret police, that confirmed that Gahdafi was behind the bombing. As you move on, you notice a "tone" that puts Democrat presidents in a better light than Republican presidents.
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I got this book for a class in college and it is so helpful. It is easy to read, easy to find specific topics, and it contains a wealth of information that any college student should have. I believe there is an updated version of this book which I would recommend getting since history is constantly in flux. I highly recommend this book to any history or political science student as well as any history buffs out there. It's an excellent resource.
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Outstanding book. Well written, excellent references for each chapter.
Describes many events that occurred during our lifetime. Should be required reading for all in public office including our president. What is so interesting is the relationship between nations on various issues, and the political effect on the decision process. Fascinating read. One of the best books I have. I have purchased 8 copies , to give copies to my friends
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