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Summer Reading List (American Foreign Policy)

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The Opportunity
The Opportunity
"The head of the Council of Foreign Relations and a former W administration official offers his nuanced take on American Foreign Policy.  He stresses the need for cooperation and integration."
Running The World: the Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power
Running The World: the Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power
"A for. pol. junkie's dream - a history of the NSC.  Gives insight on the struggles that have plagued every administration for almost 60 years.  Written by a former Clinton NSC staffer ."
Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism
Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism
"You're not going to believe me but, this is a page turner.  An enlightening and extensive history of our counterterroism efforts going back to WWII."
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
"Ignore Friedman's cheesy attempt to create a catchphrase and read this for his take on globalization.  An easy but a  bloated read."
The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God
The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God
"What's behind the US/EU divide? God is of course.  Interesting take from a leading Catholic commentator and thinker - very easy read."
Why Globalization Works
Why Globalization Works
"This one is a bit older, but I just got it.  A spirited and well reasoned defense of globalization"
The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
"If you want to understand Bush's thinking then read this former refusenik's impassioned manifesto.  Like any short easy read he does tend to generalize, but his argument cannot be taken lightly."
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century (Zenith Military Classics)
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century (Zenith Military Classics)
"If you want to understand the challenges and the type of war that our soldiers are facing in Iraq then read this book.  If you have never heard of 4 Generation Warfare then this is the place to start."
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
"A critique of the American impulse to turn to the military to resolve problems."
Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground
Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground
"Won't be out until Sept. but promises to be a good take on our military's role in the world today.  Check out Kaplan's recent articles in The Atlantic to get a sense of what the book will be like."