As Mann makes clear, there has never been perfect agreement between all parties, (the relationship between the close duo of Powell and Armitage on one side and Rumsfeld on the other, for instance, has been frosty) but they do share basic values. Whether they came from the armed services, academia, or government bureaucracy, the Vulcans all viewed the Pentagon as the principal institution from which American power should emanate. Their developing philosophy was cemented after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and is best reflected in the decision to invade Iraq. They believe that a powerful military is essential to American interests; that America is ultimately a force for good despite any negative consequences that may arise from American aggression; they are eternally optimistic about American power and dismiss any arguments about over-extension of resources; and they are skeptical about the need to consult allies or form broad global coalitions before acting.
Rise of the Vulcans succeeds on many levels. Mann presents broad themes such as the gradual transition from the Nixon and Kissinger philosophies to the doctrine espoused by Rumsfeld, Cheney, and the rest in clear and logical terms. He also offers minute details and anecdotes about each of the individuals, and the complex relationships between them, that reveal the true personalities behind the politicians. This is essential reading for those seeking to understand the past quarter century and what it means for America's future. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Anyone interested the American defense policy should read this book.
Mr. Mann has given us an excellent book on the most important foreign policy and defense officials in George W. Bush's first administration.
James Manns' book Rise of the Vulcans goes into far more detail while at the same time being a great read.
This is an interesting, readable and informative book. However, it only tells half the story and in a deceptive way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. D. Flagg
This book was recommended to us by a friend who was actually working for the Bush administration during this period. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael N. Edwards
Book does an excellent job of illuminating the trends of fascissm found within the Republican party and how "old boy networking" from one Republican adminstration to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Harry
The first and and most serious problem with this book is the title. Whoever picks up this book must think that Jim Mann the nickname for Bush's war cabinet ("the Vulcans") refers... Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Jiang Xueqin
The title of the book refers to the six foreign policy experts who headed up the administration of G. W. Bush during the past decade. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Newton Ooi
'Rise of the Vulcans' is well written and has a good historical account of the important actors in President W's foreign policy team. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by T. Fagernes
The book did a great job discussing the evolution of the neocon war policy by tracing the roots and history of Bush's war cabinet members.Published on June 28, 2010 by V. Vital
Rise of the Vulcans is more or less combined mini biographies of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Richard Armitage and Condoleezza Rice. Read morePublished on June 26, 2010 by Cwn_Annwn
This is a fascinating and well-written book about six characters who stood at the center of foreign policy-making during George W. Bush's first administration. Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Etienne ROLLAND-PIEGUE