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McNamara and Blight offer advice on how to achieve Wilson's dream today. This makes them, to use the lingo of diplomats, foreign-policy idealists: "It seems to us that the realists are in fact unreal in their analysis of the world in the 21st century," they write. They call for "bringing Russia and China in from the cold," by which they mean Americans should treat the Russians and Chinese more like equals than they do currently. The United States, in short, must "not apply its economic, political, or military power unilaterally, other than in the unlikely circumstances of a defense of the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska." McNamara and Blight assert that developing antiballistic technologies will lead to "an increased risk of arms races, instability, and even nuclear war." Readers whose foreign policy runs left-of-center will appreciate the authors' efforts and find it a pleasing contrast to a recent right-of-center foreign-policy tome, Henry Kissinger's Does America Need a Foreign Policy? --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Overall the book was well written, except the prolog, and easy to read.
Perhaps this comes from thinning out the meaning of Wilson's ghost a little too far ... when all you have is a hammer, everything else will start to look like nails.
Although this book probably won't add much to the ongoing debate in the academic realm, it certainly has a place with the general public.
Nice to have but feels like we've read it already elsewhere. McNamara's insights are valuable, even if somewhat naive and unrealistic.Published 18 months ago by Lucas Jaskula
In this book, former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and two college professors put forth a vision of a future in which the USA fully embeds itself within international law... Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Newton Ooi
The book is a pretty easy read and relies to a great extent on Blight's writing. However the main point that the authors make--that we must deploy strategic empathy and that this... Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by dizzy dean
For many years as a theologian and student of international relations I have struggled with the postions of "idealism" and "political realism" of political thought and practice. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by Robert M. Pallotti
I picked up "Wilson's Ghost" after I read "In Retrospect" by McNamera. The writing style of "Ghost" is different from "Retrospect", that I suspect Blight wrote most of it, leaving... Read morePublished on February 14, 2006 by Eduardo Antico
I thought this book was amazing until I got to the material added after 9 / 11. For all of the authors' talk about empathizing with the enemy, their discussion of... Read morePublished on February 13, 2005 by Marianne Cotugno
I am not a student of history or war, but a therapist to people who have participated in the horror of it. Read morePublished on December 19, 2004 by Mark Goulston
I do not know who wrote the prolog to this book, but it has got to be the most painful 20 minutes of my life. Read morePublished on January 17, 2004 by John G. Hilliard
The collaborative effort of Robert S. McNamara (educator, businessman, and Secretary of Defense to Presidents Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson), and James G. Read morePublished on August 9, 2003 by Midwest Book Review