""Author Fred Kaplan offers an insightful analysis of what he sees as the unrealistic hopes at the root of President George W. Bush's problematic foreign policy in the Mideast"" [and calls his arguments] ""strong."" (Boston Globe, April 12, 2008)
""[Kaplan] sheds new light on the important part played by certain advisers within the Bush White House, while explicating several pivotal and perplexing matters concerning the administration’s decision-making process.... illuminating... incisive."" (The New York Times, March 18, 2008)
""A lively and entertaining -- if occasionally horrifying -- read, it offers a cautionary tale for any administration and for the men and women who hope to serve in one...master archaeologist who can see through the shards and stones of a dig to reconstruct the culture of the city below."" (Washington Post, March 16, 2008)
America’s leaders have gone from hubris to waking fantasy, according to this caustic critique of the Bush administration’s foreign policy. Kaplan (The Wizards of Armageddon) argues that the Cold War’s end and 9/11 persuaded President Bush and his advisers to unilaterally impose America’s political will on the world, while remaining blind to the military and diplomatic fiascoes that followed. Rumsfeld’s ""Revolution in Military Affairs,"" a doctrine touting supposedly omnipotent mobile forces and high-tech smart weapons, convinced Pentagon officials that Iraq could be pacified without a large force or a reconstruction plan. Bush abandoned Clinto
Nonetheless, I think the book is well worth reading.
Other books have covered much of the material addressed in "Daydream Believers" - Kaplan, however, goes deeper with additional insights, and coverage of N.K. as well.
George W. Bush was put in the White House....twice and according to author Fred Kaplan that has made all the difference.
After finishing this most excellent book I then went on to read about the earlier blunders - Vietnam through at least four presidents. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. J. Leedham
When I saw the title of this book, I expected the book to be an entertaining but all-too-common tirade of colorful PG-rated language against an almost universally despised... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael R. Airhart
Author Kaplan takes a hard, objective look at Amerca's foreign policy, particularly that of the Bush administration. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by R. Mix
The subtitle to Slate columnist Fred Kaplan's DAYDREAM BELIEVERS is "How A Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Melanie Gilbert
Fred Kaplan begins by stating "Nearly all of America's blunders in war and peace these past few years stem from a single grand misconception: that the world changed after September... Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Alan D. Cranford
The author doesn't seem to understand the validity of the GOOD reasons for going to war. The argument is too one-sided.Published on January 24, 2010 by Adam Khan
The "few grand ideas" that "wrecked American power"--the "daydreams" of our leaders-- include the Anti-Ballistic Missile defense fantasy, the idea that America can install... Read morePublished on December 29, 2009 by Dennis Littrell
... and horribly awry, in the examples he provides. Kaplan's measured tone gives this reader the impression that the motivations of the members of the George W. Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by L Goodman-Malamuth
I got this book through the Amazon Vine program and then put it on my shelf where it stayed so long that the book was published like nine months ago! Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Douglas S. Wood