“The fate of empires seems inevitably linked to their persistent desire to impose their cultures and systems on foreign soil. Employing the endlessly fascinating story of T.E. Lawrence, John Hulsman colorfully argues from history that, if you set out to liberate other nations, it is best not to undertake to liberate them from themselves. If we learn his lesson, our Baghdad will not become Lawrence's Damascus.” ―Senator Gary Hart
“In To Begin the World Over Again, John Hulsman tells us that 'in reality Lawrence was far more important as a thinker' than a warrior-prince. If our purpose is to discover a better nation-building strategy, Hulsman is correct, for as a thinker T.E. Lawrence offers us just that. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and a host of other western leaders would do well to study that strategy. And concerned Americans, as well as others, would do well to read this book.” ―Lawrence Wilkerson, Visiting Professor of Government, the College of William and Mary and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
“Hulsman at once tells a compelling story and identifies foundational principles for guiding U.S. foreign policy. By mining Lawrence's thinking and experiences, this timely book yields vital lessons for America's efforts at nation-building in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond.” ―Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of Government, Georgetown University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations
“Well written and engaging, this book provides a concise historical overview and much food for thought. The message is as urgent today as it was in Lawrence's era.” ―Library Journal Reviews
About the Author
John C. Hulsman holds a PhD in International Relations and received his MA (Hons) Degree in Modern History from St. Andrews University in Scotland. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the President of John C. Hulsman Enterprises, an international relations consulting firm, where he writes for such outlets as the International Herald-Tribune, Harper's Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. To Begin the World Over Again is his fifth book. He lives in Berlin.