- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating Paperback – Bargain Price, October 3, 2006
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Barnett maps out a sweeping new vision for the U.S. military in Blueprint for Action, the sequel to his influential previous book The Pentagon's New Map. He says the U.S. military has a massive doctrinal flaw. It has an unrivalled power to win wars. But it has little ability to win the peace. Witness Iraq, where virtually no thought was given to postwar stabilization and reconstruction. He advocates creating a new Department of Global Security in the U.S. government, tasked with putting countries back on their feet after an armed intervention by U.S. forces. He says the new department would also work to reduce economic and social instability in "disconnected" regions of the developing world. "It all starts with America and yes, it all starts with security," he writes. Barnett's vision is highly U.S.-centric and recalls the "white man's burden" philosophy of British colonial authorities. He advocates "regime change" in North Korea and Venezuela. And his solutions for the problems of the Third World are straight out of a banker's mouth: privatization, deregulation, globalization. But Blueprint for Action is an important account of the current thinking and debates at the highest levels of the Pentagon. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
<u>Blueprint for Action</u> is the follow-up to PNM and in many ways is a response to feedback that the presentation and book inspired. If PNM was the answer to "what the heck is going on" then BFA is the answer to "why the heck are we doing this anyway?" But most impressively, the "why" Barnett gives us is not some doom and gloom of what needs to be avoided, but what glory can be achieved.
Barnett is joy to read as a writer, especially since many of his contemporaries like to bog down their works with a lot of jargon and 50-cent words that can alienate the average reader. Barnett needs no such tricks to make his work impressive. Audacious and bold by its very nature, BFA not only gives the big picture view of "where do we go from here?" but delights readers with glib analogies and (often biting) humor along the way:
"I ended up lecturing at both Beijing University and the China Reform Forum, the think tank of the Central Party School in Beijing...
One Chinese professor went so far as to say that since my work could never be received well in America but would naturally be understood in China, I should quit my job... to engage in the formulation of grand strategy for the Chinese, who, he noted, had more than enough grand strategic issues to deal with right now!...Read more ›
Thomas Barnett's first book was truly original, and pure genius.
This book puports to be a blueprint for how to implement the things discussed in the first book. While I found myself disagreeing, it still forced me to thing about our foreign policy in new and interesting ways.
Like what if China was a trust ally?
Anyways, I reccommend the book for anyone interested in our foreign policy in this post-Cold-War,post 9/11 era.
I won't debate any of Barnett's specific arguments as other reviwers have done.
He makes very understanadable that in the past generation the world has become majority with free market societies. This represents an incredible challenge to reactionary forces in the Middle East. How to help the modernizing elements of Arab, Persian, Asian and LAtin American socieities navigate their way into the global community is the key question in Barnett's arguments. This is called 'Shrinking The Gap'.
Rather than being a US led enterprise, Barnett makes if very clear this will be a cooperative efffort among the UN, the G-20 (20 largest economies), the ICC and the American military. The UN as your grand jury, the US military as your police force, the ICC as your criminal court witht the G-20 as your financier. A very intriguing possibility and one that should be discussed.
Once you dispose of bad actors (Kim Il Jong , Chavez, Castro) you have to follow up with intense development and reconstruction. Barnett notes that our failure to do this in Iraq is the chief source of our troubles today. The ultimate idea is to bring failed states quickly into connection with the global community so they can reap the benefits of globalization. If one can revamp and stablize a failed state, then foreign investment will flow into new lost-cost labor centers.
Overall, a very well thought out and provocative book. Barnett lays out his arguments logically and makes it easy to follow his train of thought.
A major drawback of the book is Barnett's constant use of his own jargon (one sees this in his blog also). One gets the sense he is very much in love with his own words. This is why I only give it four stars
Some reviewers seem to get hung up on some facet of his book: "One part of his 400+ page book might be wrong" (gasp!), but if you are going to develop a blueprint for American strategy for the next few decades, who is not going to be wrong on some points? Another criticism I've read of Barnett is that he paints a rosy picture of how the world a priori is going to get better. He doesn't. He repeatedly hedges his vision, stating that there are many opportunities for derailment. (Otherwise, you wouldn't really need his book to help avoid them.)
After seeing our country blunder into many nation-building exercises since the end of the Cold War, with or without a antecedent war, it's not a question of whether we want to or will get involved with future nation-building, it seems to be a matter of how we do it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Same old neo-liberal hubris. We have to kill you in order to save you.Published 2 months ago by Bernhard Arnkwiecz
This book was full of revolutionary ideas on America's role in the future regarding its military and how it could work in the real world. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by AvidReader
This book was written in 2005 and advocates the US being the world's policeman to the point of systematically invading and rebuilding various nations throughout the globe. Read morePublished on November 16, 2008 by Mack_T_Knife
Strategic thinker Thomas Barnett's 2005 "Blueprint for Action" is a follow-up to his bestselling "The Pentagon's New Map". Read morePublished on March 7, 2008 by HMS Warspite
I ran into trouble on page 2 of this book when I was already tired of tripping over the author's ego. I picked this book up for 5. Read morePublished on August 10, 2007 by Snowman
I read this thinking it was a follow on to his first book. It really isn't. Its more meadering thoughts and projections about possible scenarios. Read morePublished on February 15, 2007 by Stephen L. Fornelius
I tried to go into this book with an open mind, but I came out thinking that Barnett simply doesn't understand the world or its problems. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Mark bennett
If the author's name sounds familiar, or part of the title of Blueprint for Action, it's because THE PENTAGON'S NEW MAP was a NewYork Times bestseller with its cutting analysis of... Read morePublished on December 12, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
The United States stands at a threshold. It can withdraw into itself. Or it can seize a moment to forge the most peaceful period in human history, where war becomes unknown. Read morePublished on August 15, 2006 by Craig L. Howe