Crucible of Power: A history of American foreign relations from 1945

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - History - 383 pages
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Employing a narrative approach that uncovers the tangled and often confusing nature of foreign affairs, Crucible of Power focuses on the personalities, security interests, and post-war/Cold War tendencies behind the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy since 1945. The book includes updated coverage of the Bush administration's foreign policy, with particular emphasis on the Middle East. Selections from key foreign policy documents appear in each chapter.

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This is a really thorough, but easy to read, overview of U.S. foreign relations since 1897. It's pretty much a textbook which means it can get dull at times but if you need a good reference book on the subject or just want to know more, then definitely pick up this book. Read full review


Chapter 01 Cold War and Containment in Europe and the Near East 19451950
Chapter 02 Cold War and Containment in East Asia 19501953
The Eisenhower Years 19531961
Kennedy and Cuba 19611963
Johnson and Vietnam 19631969
A New Containment 19691977
Jimmy Carter and the Diplomacy of Human Rights 19771981
Reagan and the Revival of Containment 19811989
Chapter 09 The End of the Cold War and the Outbreak of Regional Conflicts 19892001
911 the Preemptive War with Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism 2001
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Howard Jones is research professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. A recipient of both the John F. Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching and research and the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, he teaches courses in American foreign relations and the U.S.-Vietnam War.

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