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What Good Is Grand Strategy?: Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush Paperback – December 19, 2014

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"This remarkable book catapults Brands into the foremost ranks of a new generation of U.S. strategic thinkers. Brands brilliantly combines an analysis of the grand strategies of selected presidents (Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush) with an investigation into the nature and value of the very concept of grand strategy. Throughout, his analysis is evenhanded and insightful.... Future presidential administrations would do well to embrace this vision at a time when the United States faces limited resources and a bewildering array of challenges. On the evidence of this closely reasoned book, Brands will have much to contribute to the strategic debates that lie ahead."

-- Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Affairs

"For a young academic historian, Brands has an unusually subtle and accurate sense of the challenges that US policymakers face in implementing grand strategies.... Brands's masterful work also serves as a reminder that the legacies of the more recent and controversial presidential foreign policies will need to be evaluated by subsequent generations not emotionally attached to the events themselves."

-- Russel Crandall, Survival: Global Politics & Strategy

"This is a solid piece of scholarship that should be of great value in modern American history classes, foreign policy surveys, and course work in international relations."

-- Brooks Flippen, H-Net Reviews

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"Hal Brands provides order and structure to ongoing discussions about the nature and implementation of grand strategy. His overview of grand strategy analyzes and assesses the grand strategies of Truman, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush 43. This compelling book fills an important niche; it should become a core text in the study of grand strategy and foreign policy."

-- Francis J. Gavin, Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas at Austin, author of Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age

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