Nevertheless, Mead makes some very interesting insights that make the book more than worth reading.
This book, along with John Lewis Gaddis' SURPRISE, SECURITY AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, will tell you what's going on in U.S. foreign policy and why.
Comparing the two books is an object lesson to authors who believe that topicality is of primary importance to the quality of their book.
I'm using this in a seminar I'm teaching right now on American National Security Policy -- and there's nothing quite like a controversial book to get the discussion rolling. Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Someone's Mom
This short book provides an excellent, very balanced view of America's current policy w/regard to international relations and, specifically, terrorism. Read morePublished on April 27, 2008 by D. Lewis
He presents a criticism of Bush's justification for invasion of Iraq, but then offers other arguments based on national security that could have been used. Read morePublished on April 12, 2008 by Ernest E. Edmundson
It almost goes without saying these days that the presence of the United States in the world in one form or another is a major issue. Read morePublished on March 31, 2007 by TEK
One of the positive by-products of 9-11, is an increased interest in Geo-politics across all spheres of American society. Read morePublished on April 22, 2005 by Sean D. Gerstenlauer
Walter Russell Mead had the unfortunate timing to publish one of the best new books on U.S. foreign relations just as 9/11 changed the American security landscape forever. Read morePublished on January 16, 2005 by Jeffery Steele
Mead's book is very stimulating. His review of foreign policy and domestic politics is wide-ranging. Read morePublished on September 28, 2004 by J. Hess
"Power, Terror, Peace, and War- America's Grand Strategy In a World at Risk", by Walter Russell Mead is a masterful analysis of the current state of America's foreign policy and... Read morePublished on September 16, 2004 by J. Dretler
Walter Russell Mead's writings on foreign policy are like that of a skilled anthropologist writing about Martians. Read morePublished on September 14, 2004 by Tom