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An Excellent Extended Essay,
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This review is from: The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable (Hardcover)This book is really an extended essay based on an article previously published by the authors. Even so it is interesting and well written. They use the movie The Godfather to explain the three main approaches to foreign policy: Liberal-institutionalism, neoconservatism, and realism. The authors favour realism as the best approach, but they are evenhanded towards the other two pointing out both strengths and weaknesses.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section is an introduction that explains the authors' intent, the world situation, and why the movie The Godfather makes for a good comparison. The main body of the text covers the three approaches and why in the end realism provides a better approach than the others. The authors feel that realism would allow the US to approach the world with calculation in its use of diplomacy and/or force depending on the situation. This they say is similar to how Michael Corleone goes about dealing with the challenges he faces in the movie. The final chapter attempts to answer some criticisms of their previous work and to offer some policy prescriptions to illustrate their points. While I do not necessarily agree with all of their policy recommendations, the authors do provide support for their reasoning in a persuasive manner.
This is a fun and easy read. It should be enjoyed by both those interested in politics and international relations and fans of the movie. Even if you disagree with the authors' views it is a great jumping off point for thought and discussion.