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American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers

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American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers by Perry Anderson
  • Paperback $16.95

    Apr 25, 2017 | 288 Pages

  • Hardcover $24.95

    Apr 14, 2015 | 284 Pages

  • Ebook $9.99

    Apr 14, 2015 | 256 Pages

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“Like everything Anderson writes, American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers deserves careful reading. He’s one of the world’s great historians, unrivalled in his ability to master and synthesize vast historical literatures (often drawing on many languages).”
—Jeet Heer, New Republic

“The most interesting implication of Anderson’s argument is that the long catalog of US foreign policy disasters—the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961, the twin quagmires of Vietnam and Iraq—were more than just errors of presidential judgement. They were the price America recurrently pays for the hubristic embrace of a messianic foreign policy, one that never disciplined its priorities according to rationally defined national interests.”
New York Review of Books

“Let me first get the superlatives out of the way. What we have here are two essays of extraordinary originality and penetrating insight. Sweeping, subtle, sophisticated, provocative, pungently written: all of the above apply.”
—Andrew Bacevich, Diplomatic History

American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers plunges into the contemporary American dreamworld of empire. Anderson has always been attracted to those who speak of the world without euphemism, and he appraises the recent offerings of American ‘Grand Strategists’ with sardonic respect, however rabid or fantastic their conceptions.”
London Review of Books

“His writing is sharp and erudite and even those who do not share his politics will learn from his book.”
—Gideon Rachman, Financial Times (“Summer Books 2015”)

“Anderson surveys the views of some of the most prominent mainstream American foreign policy intellectuals and finds them not only unconvincing but also incoherent.”
—Eric Alterman, Nation

“Revives memories of the early-1960s vintage, anti-Wilsonian idealism classic, William Appleman Williams’s The Tragedy of American Diplomacy.”
—Joe P. Dunn, Choice

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