The Morning After

November 2014

Review by David T. Jones The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was by Chantal Hebert with Jean Lapierre, Alfred A Knopf Canada, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0345807625, 320 pp., $21.74 (Hardcover), $12.79 (Kindle). The Morning After … Continued

Fighting to the End

November 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner         Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War by C. Christine Fair, Oxford University Press: New York, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-0-19-989270-9, 368 pp., $34.95 (Hardcover), $13.49 (Kindle). C. Christine Fair, an Assistant Professor … Continued

A Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas

November 2014

Review by Ted Wilkinson Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas by Donald Gregg, New Academia Publishing, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0990447115, 332 pages, $38.00 (Hardcover), $26.00 (Paperback), $7.99 (Kindle). Apart from its … Continued

War and Great Power Diplomacy After Napoleon

October 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Tony Quainton The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy: War and Great Power Diplomacy after Napoleon by Mark Jarrett, I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1780761169, 522 pp.,  $117.17 (Hardcover), $22.31 (Paperback), $31.02 (E-Textbook). The outbreak of … Continued

Never Forget National Humiliation

October 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Joe O. Rogers Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations, by Zheng Wang, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0231148900, 312 pp., $29.25 (Hardcover), $23.75 (Paperback), $13.99 (Kindle). Zheng Wang … Continued

Scattered Sand

October 2014

Review by Paul Levine We Are Like Scattered Sand: 200 Million Migrant Workers in China by Haiao-Hung Pai, Verso: New York and London, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1781680902, 320 pp., $20.64 (Hardcover), $15.69 (Paperback),     $9.99 (Kindle). Anyone who has attended a … Continued

Hard Choices

October 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) David C. Litt Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1476751443, 656 pp., $20.91 (Harcover), $14.99 (Kindle). This review of Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her time at the … Continued

World War I and the Failure of Diplomacy Two

September 2014

Reviews by Amb. (Ret.) Anthony C. E. Quainton [On this 100th anniversary of the beginning of  “the war to end all wars”, we will feature books that touch on that subject in this and future issues.   We begin with Ambassador … Continued

Capitalism (A Ghost Story)

September 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Capitalism (A Ghost Story) by Arundhati Roy, Haymarket Books: Chicago, Illinois, 2014, ISBN 978-160846-385-5, 128 pp., $14.95 (Paperback), $9.99 (Kindle). Time Magazine recently named Arundhati Roy, a leading Indian intellectual and social critic, as one … Continued

Bribes, Bullets and Intimidation

September 2014

Review by Joe B. Johnson Bribes, Bullets and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America by Julie Marie Bunck and Michael Ross Fowler, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0271048666, 446 pp., $72 (Hardcover), $31.46 (Paperback), $9.99   … Continued

The Triumph of Improvisation

September 2014

Review by James L. Abrahamson The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev’s Adaptability, Reagan’s Engagement, and the End of the Cold War by James Graham Wilson, Cornell University Press: Ithaca and London, 2014, ISBN 978-0-8014-5229-1, xvi, 264 pp.  $29.95 (hardcover) Between 1978 … Continued

Defending Britain’s Participation in World War I

June 2014

By David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain Text: http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/lloydgeorgespeech1917.htm Review by David T. Jones In June 1917—almost three years into the war—British Prime Minister David Lloyd George felt compelled to issue a defense of English participation in the war. … Continued

The Wrong Enemy

June 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner The Wrong Enemy (America in Afghanistan 2001-  2014) by Carlotta Gall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: New York, 2014, ISBN 978-0-544-046696, 352 pp., $28.00 (Hardcover), $15.12 (Kindle). There has been a perceptible shift in opinion regarding Pakistan … Continued

U.S. Alliances from the First World War to the Arab Spring

June 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy American Foreign Policy: Alliance Politics in a Century of War, 1914-2014 by James W. Peterson, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014 ISBN 978-1-62356-073-7, eISBN 978-1-6235-6488-9, Hardcover, 194 pp., $130.00 (hardcover), $35.61 … Continued

Alternative North Americans

June 2014

Review by Dr. John Handley, Vice President, American Diplomacy David T. Jones, Alternative North Americans: What Canada and the United States Can Learn from Each Other, Washington: DC, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, 2014, 339pp., E-Book available free of … Continued

More Than Just Diplomacy

June 2014

Review by Joe B. Johnson The State Department: More Than Just Diplomacy by George Gedda, Author House, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-1-4918-5761-8, 161 pp.,  $16.04 (Amazon paperback), $26.59 (hardcover) Millions of Americans are hearing and reading about Hillary Clinton’s experience as Secretary … Continued

The “Fun House Mirror” and “Moribund” Public Diplomacy

May 2014

Review by Donald M. Bishop Through a Screen Darkly:  Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, by Martha Bayles, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0300123388, 336 pp., $30.00  (Hardcover), $14.99 (Kindle) Professor Martha Bayles of Boston College … Continued

Managing Conflicts in India

May 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and     Accommodation by Bidisha Biswas, Lexington          Books: Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2014, ISBN 13: 978-0-7391-8754-8, 144 pp. $75.00 (Hardcover), $59.95 (Kindle). The Indian narrative reflects an obsession … Continued

The Good Spy

May 2014

Review by Donald Camp The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird, New York: Crown, May 20, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0307889751, 448 pp., $20.03 (Hardcover), $10.99 (Kindle). Robert Ames, “The Good Spy” in Kai Bird’s masterful … Continued

Lincoln in the World

May 2014

Review by John H. Brown, Ph.D. Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power by Kevin Peraino, New York: Crown Publishers, 2013 ISBN    978-0-307-88720-7, eISBN 978-0-307-88722-1, Hardcover, 419 pp., $26.00 (hardcover) , … Continued