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American Foreign Policy Since World War II, 17th Edition 17th Edition

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About the Author

Steven W. Hook is associate professor of political science at Kent State University. He is the author of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power (2005), National Interest and Foreign Aid (1995), and editor of Comparative Foreign Policy: Adaptation Strategies of the Great and Emerging Powers (2002) and Foreign Aid Toward the Millennium (1996). He is a past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis sections of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

John Spanier received his PhD from Yale University. Since joining the faculty of the University of Florida in 1957, Spanier has lectured at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute, the Naval War College, military service academies, and several universities. Among his many other books is Games Nations Play.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Foreign Policy Since World War II
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 17 edition (July 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933116714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933116716
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now in its 16th edition, American Foreign Policy Since World War II has become one of the most respected guides on the ins and outs US foreign engagement in the 20th century. Combining theory and insight to this historical perspective, Hook and Spanier have created a very thorough book that takes a balanced look at both the domestic and international issues that have shaped US foreign policy. This book is comprehensive and comprehensible, making it perfect as leisure reading for those interested in international politics or a text for an international relations course. The fourteen chapters:

1. The American Approach to Foreign Policy

2. From World War to Cold War

3. Containment: From Theory to Practice

4. Developing Countries in the Crossfire

5. Vietnam and the Cost of Containment

6. The Era of Superpower Detente

7. Jimmy Carter and World-Order Politics

8. The Revival of Superpower Confrontation

9. The End of the Cold War

10. America's "Unipolar Moment"

11. Old Tensions in a New Order

12. The Shifting European Landscape

13. America under Fire

14. A World of Trouble

are useful individually to address a specific issue, region, or time period, and as a set to provide a broad overview.
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This book is pretty informative, though it's more like a text book than I thought it would be. Dry and without any real philosophical perspective, there's lots of information but little in the way of insight, imo. For my taste, history is about putting things into context and extrapolating insight from past events. This book doesn't go that far, just a recitation of events in the past.
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I had to buy this book for one of my classes in college. Usually textbooks are dry, boring, and not all that informative. However, I really enjoyed reading this and I have kept ahold of it because it contains a great deal of information. It's interesting, never really all that dry and boring, and it will help any college student who is taking a class on international relations and U.S. foreign policy. If your professor hasn't already recommended this, I highly recommend it. It's also a great book for anyone who is a history buff or just interested in international relations and foreign policy.
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By D V on January 10, 2005
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Steven W. Hook and John Spanier's book on American foreign policy since WWII is a great introduction for those seeking a detailed yet concise elucidation. The authors exploit all levels of analysis (unit, state, and system), and posit a "peculiar national style" and a degree of continuity as underlying the nature of US foreign policy since 1945. Despite the lucanae bound to be found in a wide-ranging account, Hook and Spanier's book is still an excellent building block for understanding post-WWII US foreign policy as well as basic international relations' theory.
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This book is informative, well written and sophisticated enough to serve as a college textbook on American foreign policy. The text lacks cohesion at times and there are certain points that leave you wishing there was more detail. There is a slight bias to the left, but it has little effect on the content.
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Great insight for my FP course, complementing a theoretical review with the practical exercise of the policy. I particularly liked the insights on local politics and the interaction of the Presidents with the Congress.
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I found a copy of the 12th Edition from 1992 in the for sale rack from the library (50 cents). It is a very good book. The first chapter alone gets your mind thinking with a good discussion on what makes American Foreign Policy. Spanier shows the policy in many shades of grey which it actually is. This is not a catch phrase book like you here in modern politics, this is a good realistic approach to Foreign Policy that digs deep into what actually happened. Even though this edition of the book is missing out on the last 20 years it covers the time to the first Iraq war very well. I can only expect more current editions continue on the tradition.
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