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on June 23, 2017
Good general overview of American Foreign Policy, particularly in terms of significant events and turning points. That said: read critically! There are interjections of political preference and implied right/wrong pronouncements - not entirely unjustified, just something the reader should be aware of.

More troubling however is the at-times sloppy research and writing. I would have given this 4 stars or better, had the research & commentary been better. So many mis-spellings: really? And as a military veteran, so many errors on basic ranks, structure, military protocol etc. show carelessness - particularly egregious since the U.S.'s foreign policy heavily involves military affairs.

All in all a recommended read, but read carefully & critically.
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on June 10, 2016
The first two-thirds of this book, which is through approximately Carter's presidency, the book reads quite well. Starting with Reagan, it appears as though a toddler took over. There are incredibly. Annoying typographical errors in just about, every page or two. In addition the analysis, Decreases and the book begins to a read like a 1st copy draft of a 2-nd graders' history test.
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on September 12, 2016
Interesting and informative. If you love U.S. military history this is the perfect compliment, it colors in everything that was happening outside the battle-picture. My only complaint is there were quite a few typos in this edition, but they never made the writing unclear. I guess it's to be expected for a 500 page volume that's constantly revised.
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on March 24, 2017
Informative and interesting, the authors do a good job both presenting the material and conveying it in a clear way.
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on November 10, 2017
A must read if you plan on taking the FSOT. But not the most thorough account.
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on May 27, 2016
A great book with excellent history. 4 stars only because there are some minor typographical errors that were not fixed, which I find quite perplexing for a penguin publication. This book was not copy-edited well, however that does not diminish the quality of the writing.
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on November 22, 2016
This book provides a balanced perspective on selected events in foreign policy and domestic politics while covering a vast period of time. It's a good starting point for more in-depth reading on specific issues.
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on November 13, 2013
As expected. Compact, condensed, fact filled, and insightful "rush" through American Foreign Policy; including connecting WWII and other policy decisions to many world complexities of today. Fantastic book but can be a little daunting with so many facts compactly presented. Helpful if reader has some background on history of this era beforehand.
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on December 28, 2016
I love everything that I've read by Ambrose. Very good review of American foreign policy. It doesn't pull any punches on critiques and presenting the facts.
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on August 27, 2011
I ended up having to get this book for a class in the Introduction to United States Foreign policy, basically over the books timeline (WW2 to now).

This book is a great resource and not as slow of a read as historical political books can be, providing an abundance of information in a readable way. It has been through several additions to keep the information up do date, and it does a great job at relating what has happened to what is (in the books context) happening.

However, I am not a fan of the font they chose for the book, tending towards the heavy and less easy on your eyes.
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