Death and the Statesman: The Culture and Psychology of U.S. Leaders During War

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2001 - Political Science - 242 pages
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Death and the Statesman argues that the fear of death powerfully shapes our thinking about war. Drawing on an extensive study of 20th century US foreign policy officials, Underhill-Cady argues that through the use of symbolism, metaphor, and ritual, foreign policy leaders construe war as a battle against death itself. He provides a fresh and provocative perspective on the underlying cultural and psychological dynamics that make it possible for nations to go to war.

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According to Underhill-Cady (political science, Augsburg Coll.), presidents, State Department officials, and other leaders who send young men to war and possible death cope with the consequences by ... Read full review

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Joseph B. Underhill-Cady is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augsburg College.

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