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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

The Demilitarization of American Democracy

April 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Edward Marks The Demilitarization of American Democracy: Two Cheers for Striped Pants by Lawrence Pope, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1137298546 (print), 978-113298553 (e-book), 90 pp., $45 (Hardcover), $16.95 (Amazon Kindle), free of charge (.pdf … Continued

American Statecraft

April 2014

Review by John H. Brown, Ph.D. American Statecraft: The Story of the U.S. Foreign Service by  J. Robert Moskin, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-250-03745-9 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-250-03746-6 (e-book), 932 pp., $28.97 (Hardcover), $ 19.99 (Kindle). In our … Continued

102 Days of War: Two Perspectives

April 2014

Reviewed by Amb. (ret.)  Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy and by Dr. John W, Handley, Vice President, American Diplomacy

Muslim Zion

April 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea by Faisal Devji, Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013, ISBN 978-0-674-07267-1, 268 pp. (Hardcover edition), $21.95. Faisal Devji is a unique individual within the academic realm, and his … Continued

Religion and Public Diplomacy

March 2014

Review by Peter Kovach
Religion and Public Diplomacy by Philip Seib, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-13: 978-1-137-29111-0, 2013, 236pp., $90.00 (Hardcover List)

No Exit from Pakistan

March 2014

Review by Donald Camp No Exit from Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad by Daniel S. Markey, Cambridge University Press, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1107623590, 253 pp., $71.16 (Hardcover), $25.19 (Paperback), $12.49 (Kindle). There is much to ponder in this well-written and … Continued

Shooting for a Century

March 2014

Review by Jon P. Dorschner Shooting for a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum by Stephen P. Cohen, The Brookings Institution: Washington, DC, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8157-2186-4, 236 pp., $26.96 (Hardcover), $16.17 (Kindle). Stephen Cohen has been an expert voice for reason in … Continued

Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era

February 2014

Review by Joe B. Johnson Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: the Security Threat to the United States by Luis Fleischman, Potomac Books, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1-61234-601-4, E-Book ISBN 798-1-61234-602-1, pp. 277, $29.95 (Hardcover), $16 (Kindle Edition) After the death of … Continued

Margaret Thatcher – The Authorized Biography

February 2014

Review by David Beechey Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, From Grantham to the Falklands by Charles Moore, Knopf: New York, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-0307958945, 896 pp., $15.98 (Amazon), $14.98 (Kindle); originally published in the United Kingdom as Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized … Continued

China in the Year of the Horse

February 2014

Review by Paul Levine China Goes Global: The Partial Power by David Shambaugh. Oxford University Press, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-19-986014-2, 409 pp., $29.95 (List), $22.19 (Amazon Hardcover), $16.20 (Paperback), $12.45 (Kindle), $21.95 (Audiobook). In the Year of the Horse, relations between … Continued

Restless Valley

February 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Michael W. Cotter, Publisher, American Diplomacy Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia, by Philip Shiskin, Yale University Press, 2013, Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-300-18436-5, pp. 301, $20.07 Hardcover, $14.99/$15.49 E-Book (Kindle/Nook) Some … Continued

Worldly Philosopher

January 2014

Review by Howard Cincotta Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University Press, 2013, Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-691-15567-8, pp. 740, $30 Hardcover, $23.50 E-Book (Kindle/Nook). Albert Hirschman (1915-2012) is probably the greatest economist you’ve never heard … Continued

Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad

January 2014

Review by John H. Brown, Ph.D. Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad by James Sherr, London: Royal Institute for International Affairs/Chatham House, 2013, ISBN 9781 86203 266 8, Paperback, 137 pp., $23.36  (Amazon) Soft power is “the ability to get … Continued