The Long Road to Baghdad: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the 1970s to the Present

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New Press, 2010 - History - 310 pages
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The renowned diplomatic historian looks back at the ideas, policies, and decisions that led from Vietnam to the Iraq War and to America's disastrous new role in the Middle East. "What will stand out one day is not George W. Bush's uniqueness but the continuum from the Carter Doctrine of 1979 to "Shock and Awe" in 2003."fromThe Long Road to Baghdad In this stunning new narrative of the road to America's "new longest war," one of the nation's premier diplomatic historians excavates the deep historical roots of the U.S. misadventure in Iraq. Lloyd Gardner's sweeping and authoritative narrative places the Iraq War in the context of U.S. foreign policy since Vietnam, casting the conflict as a chapter in a much broader storyin sharp contrast to the host of recent accounts, which focus almost exclusively on the decisions (and deceptions) in the months leading up to the invasion. Above all, Gardner illuminates a vital historical thread connecting Walt Whitman Rostow's defense of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia, Zbigniew Brzezinski's renewed attempts to project American power into the "arc of crisis" (with Iran at its center), and, in the aftermath of the Cold War, the efforts of two Bush administrations, in separate Iraq wars, to establish a "landing zone" in that critically important region. Far more disturbing than a reckless adventure inspired by conservative ideologues or a simple conspiracy to secure oil (though both ingredients were present in powerful doses), Gardner's account explains the Iraq War as the necessary outcome of a half-century of doomed U.S. policies. The Long Road to Baghdadis essential reading, with sobering implications for a positive resolution of the present quagmire.

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In this meticulously detailed analysis, Gardner (Research Professor of History, Rutgers Univ.; Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam) finds the seeds of the second Gulf War in two festering national ... Read full review

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In Vietnam and in Iraq, writes Gardner, "the US had truly succeeded the old colonial powers of Britain and France, despite American insistence that its vision and purpose was different." Our self ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Lloyd C. Gardner is Research Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Three Kings and Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam both from The New Press. He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania

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