Presidential Command

Paperback $16.95

Vintage | Jan 12, 2010 | 368 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307390523

  • Paperback$16.95

    Vintage | Jan 12, 2010 | 368 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307390523

  • Ebook$13.99

    Vintage | Jan 06, 2009 | 352 Pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780307271280

Praise

“A brilliant tutorial on the way presidents, regardless of party or ideology, have struggled to control the vast national security bureaucracy they inherit after taking the oath of office.”
Wall Street Journal

Presidential Command should be on the short list of readings for members of the Barack Obama administration—as much for its pointing out the mistakes to avoid as for illustrating the procedures to emulate.” —Gary Hart, The New York Times Book Review

“A guide about what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to making successful and effective national security policy.” —The Washington Times
 
“In an age of sensational leaks and headline-grabbing exposés that illuminate very little, it is bracing to read Peter Rodman’s calm and reasoned dissection of foreign policy over the course of several recent administrations, which illuminates very much. His is the quiet voice of wisdom.” —Robert D. Kaplan, author of Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos

“Outstanding. . . . On target. . . . Timely. . . . Rodman’s experience in five of the presidencies he discusses, and his lucid style, keep the focus on reality and the narrative lively. . . . [His] studiously evenhanded and balanced style makes his zingers even more telling when they explode on the page, and he is especially acute assessing Republican administrations in which he served.” —National Review
 
“Fascinating and insightful.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Surprisingly fun. . . . Rodman moves along briskly, mixing insidery dish with lucid analysis.” —Bloomberg News
 
 “This masterful series of studies, by one of America’s most gifted and sensitive national security analysts, merges a scrupulous taste for clarity with a broad and humane vision of the American national interest. It is enlightening, penetrating and always fascinating.” —Philip Bobbitt, author of Terror and Consent
 
“[Presidential Command] brings to bear the qualified judgment of someone who in many cases was actually there. . . . [Rodman] has bequeathed his country a priceless legacy. One can only hope that administrations present and future will make good use of it.” —The American Spectator
 
“Pungent, provocative, perspicacious. . . . An incisive, in-depth, and often firsthand examination of the successes and failures of the last seven administrations.” —Tulsa World
 
“Invaluable. . . . Rodman casts a cold light on a number of established clichés about foreign policy conflicts. . . . But at its heart this book is about more than foreign policy. In the end, Presidential Command is about the central problem of democratic government today in all fields of policy.” —The Weekly Standard
 
“Telling. . . . Rich in detail.” —The National Interest
 
“Rodman [had] a close-up look at the process of governmental decision-making—and the bureaucratic elbowing that the process usually entails. . . . His rankings of presidential performance pack interest.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
“Observers of the new Obama administration and its inaugural moves in foreign affairs should find lessons in Rodman’s experienced outlook.” —Booklist
 
“Peter Rodman was incisive, wise, and fair and these qualities are reflected in his revealing, timely, and truly important account of how our recent presidents both succeeded and failed in exercising strategic ‘command’ over U.S. foreign policy.” —Zbigniew Brzezinski

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