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The American Empire of “Openness”

December 2002

Review by James L. Abrahamson American Empire: The Realities & Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy. By Andrew J. Bacevich. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002. Pp. xx, 302. $29.95 cloth.) “Andrew Bacevich describes recent American efforts to create an informal empire … Continued

Hell on Earth: Life in Kim Il-Sung’s Gulag

December 2002

Review by John M. Handley
Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. By Kang Chol-hwan and Pierre Rigoulot. Translated by Yair Reiner. (New York: Basic Books, 2001. Pp. xvi, 238.)

The Never Ending War Against Terrorism

September 2002

Review by David W. Thornton Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy. By Paul R. Pillar. (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2001. Pp. xii, 272. $26.95 cloth.) “In one fundamental respect, it can be argued that 9-11 did not contradict, but instead confirmed … Continued

Review of two books on the Cold War, Nationalism, and Civil Rights

August 2002

To Lead the Free World: American Nationalism and the Cultural Roots of the Cold War. By John Fousek. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Pp. xiv, 253. $49.95 cloth. $18.95 paper.)
Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy. By Mary L. Dudziak. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. Pp. xii, 330. $39.50 cloth.)

Kyoto’s Fatally Flawed Fantasyland

June 2002

Review by David W. Thornton
Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global WarmingThe Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global Warming. By David G. Victor. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2001.
Pp.vii,178. $19.95 cloth.

No Shortage of the “New Terrorists” With No Place to Hide

December 2001

Review by David W. Thornton
The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass DestructionThe New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction. By Walter Laqueur. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. 312. $15.95 paper.)

Art Imitating Life?

November 2001

Review by Henry E. Mattox
Flash Point. By James W. Huston. (William Morrow: June 2000. Avon (paper): June 2001. Copyright 2000. 579 pp.)

Beijing Plays the “Washington Card”

October 2001

Review by Steven I. Levine
America’s Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations. Fourth Edition. By Warren I. Cohen. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. Pp. xviii, 270.)

The UN of the “Four Policemen”

October 2001

Review by David Ettinger
FDR and the Creation of the United Nations. By Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997; 2000. Pp. xii, 287.)

Modernization Theory: Ideology or Fad?

July 2001

Review by Michael H. Hunt

Modernization as Ideology: American Social Science and “Nation Building” in the Kennedy Era
By Michael E. Latham. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Pp. xiv, 288. $45 cloth; $18.95 paper.)

Stories Out of Africa!

July 2001

Review by Edward Marks
Africa, Africa!: Fifteen Stories
By Frederic Hunter. (Seattle: Cune Press, 2000. $23.95 cloth; $14.95 paper.)

The Armed ‘Ugly American’ of the Orient

June 2001

Review by Carl R. Fritz
Born a Foreigner: A Memoir of the American Presence in Asia.
By Charles T. Cross. (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999. Pp. 281.)

The Bear v. The Eagle Over Anatolia

June 2001

Review by William N. Dale
Both Hunter and Hunted: A Cold War Adventure.
By Vincent Joyce. (Lincoln, Neb.: Writers Club Press, 2001. Pp. 318. $16.95 soft cover.)