From Publishers Weekly
The intellectual complement to Zinni and Clancy's bestselling Battle Ready
(2004), a narrative memoir salted with specific policy recommendations, this volume provides the former U.S. Central Command chief's analysis of America's current global position. Zinni begins by asserting that America's status as "the most powerful nation in the history of the planet" has created a de facto empire. The U.S. has no choice: if it fails to take the lead, nothing significant happens. At the same time, Americans must recognize that, in a global age, there can be no zero-sum games: when someone loses, no one wins in any but the shortest term, he argues. The bulk of the book critiques what Zinni describes as the current U.S. emphasis on unilateral action and calls instead for working with others toward the goals of worldwide stability and development. "[N]egotiation, mediation and facilitation" should be our favored approaches, Zinni writes. And the post–Cold War pattern of ad hoc improvisation in foreign affairs should give way to systematic, in-depth planning. While fans of Battle Ready
may grow frustrated with the abstractions in this volume, Zinni's pragmatic, low-key approach merits serious consideration. (Apr. 4)
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"...A warning that deserves serious consideration." -- New York Times
"Zinni is an interesting man, and he has a lot of interesting things to say about the dangers of pursuing our current course in foreign policy. He is a distinctly non-ideological man in an era when ideology is running rampant both home and abroad." -- Michael Abramowitz, The Washington Post
"The intellectual complement to Zinni and Clancy's bestselling Battle Ready...This volume provides the former Cnetral Command chief's analysis of America's current global position...Zinni's pragmatic, low key approach merits serious condiseration."--Publishers Weekly
"Refreshingly contrarian, and perfectly commonsensical"--Kirkus Reviews
"[Zinni and Koltz] provide a clear analysis and plan for the future of America that challenges all--policy wonks, soldiers, and citizens alike--to rethink how we use our power to influence the global community."--Library Journal
"Provocative, insightful, and straight-from-the-shoulder blunt"-- William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1997-2001.
"Tony Zinni's writing is straightforward and to the point...a primer to guide us in the 21st century. Well done." --Richard L. Armitage, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, 2001-2005
"sensible and deserve[s] wide support."--James Fallows, national correspondent of The Atlantic Monthly
, author of National Defense