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Theodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International Relations Hardcover – December 15, 2005

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; First Edition edition (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574888838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574888836
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,393,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND WORLD ORDER, James Holmes provides a thoughtful and elegantly written account of a period in American history that has been largely forgotten, even by international relations specialists. Yet, as he convincingly argues, it has many parallels with the present and holds interesting lessons. Holmes shows that TR's doctrine of 'the international police power' is a useful analytical tool for exploring the challenges facing the United States today in deploying its power abroad to enforce international norms and build state capabilities. Must reading for anyone interested in the contemporary debate over American 'imperialism.'" --Carnes Lord, professor of military and naval strategy, Naval War College, and author of THE MODERN PRINCE: WHAT LEADERS NEED TO KNOW NOW

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Assesses both the theory and practice of international police work under Theodore Roosevelt; Offers valuable and timely lessons about America's past diplomatic and military interventions

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Huff on May 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If anyone took Rudyard Kipling seriously in assuming The White Man's Burden, it was T. R. and his belief in the "international police power" to bring "good government" to the benighted nations of the earth. His notions were thought long buried in the post-WW II One World of the United Nations. Yet since the demise of the cold war his philosophy has taken on new urgency.

The US has assumed the role of world policeman, because - as Teddy would have phrased it - "there is no one else capable of performing this service to humanity." The United Nations has been re-interpreted according to his reservations: not to "unacceptably abridge U.S. freedom to uphold its interests by unilateral action" (pp. 127-128).

Therein, of course, lies the fatal flaw of the Globo Cop: the inability to separate self-interest from enforcement of "good government" upon the reluctant. What his disciples Bush, Jr., Rice, and Rumsfeld encountered with Iraq, T.R. himself saw in Cuba and the Philippines. Teddy's experience as New York City police commissioner blinded him to the reality that defining and "apprehending" malfeasant nations is not the same as snatching a crook off the street. Though he was wise to the pitfall of conflict of interest on the local judicial bench, he seemed blinkered to its false steps in the larger world. Busting the trusts who violate the standards of "good government" at home did not appear to translate equally in defining an "open door" abroad, that let these same monopoly forces loose with US police power behind them to protect their sovereign property rights on other peoples' soil.

Fomenting insurgencies, establishing satellite states (ie, Panama) to further US interests, ordering armed intervention in the wars of others (China, Cuba): all the earmarks of modern US diplomacy can claim T. R.'s paternity. In more respects Teddy is the truer Father of His Country than George Washington ever was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on June 22, 2013
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Holmes' book seems to provide an extensive amount of detail and through case studies communicates TR's philosophies. Holmes did a lot of research and shows it in his notes. The book lacks maps, which would have better explained the military settings, political borders, and much more. Had it not been for the lack of maps and other graphics I would give the book 5 stars.
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