"The Specter of Munich offers a brilliant and persuasive reinterpretation of the 1930s. Record's analysis demonstrates the high value for today's policy makers of the careful use of historical evidence. This is an outstanding study that deserves a wide readership." - Prof. Colin S. Gray, University of Reading, and author of Modern Strategy "Jeffrey Record, one of America's leading military strategists, has written a classic study that should be required reading at not only war colleges but at all colleges. While it is a fascinating historical analysis of the Munich crisis and its subsequent uses in U.S. foreign policy, The Specter of Munich is at the same time an immediately relevant and urgent critique of the current crisis. If policy makers, present and future, could learn to think as clearly as Record, that in itself would be the beginning of recovery." - Sidney Blumenthal, former assistant and senior adviser to President Clinton and senior fellow at the New York University Center on Law and Security "Jeffrey Record has once again distilled some of the most salient lessons of history for illuminating perplexing contemporary national security challenges and crafting better strategy for assuring America's future. He is truly a leader among the very small group of national security specialists with sufficient strategic perspective to help us discern the unknown from the unfamiliar." - Douglas Lovelace, Jr., senior national security strategist"
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From the Publisher
An iconoclastic analysis of appeasement's failure in the 1930s and the misuse of the Munich analogy in contemporary American foreign policy
Reexamines the classic paradigm of post-World War II international relations
Argues that appeasement failed in the 1930s because Hitler was both unappeaseable and undeterrablean extremely rare situation
Cautions against strategic overextension, a mistake the British made in the 1930s and that the United States now seems poised to repeat