Andrew Bacevich – America’s War for the Greater Middle East

Andrew Bacevich’s new book America’s War for the Greater Middle East was recently published by Random House.  In this work, Bacevich argues that starting in 1980, the United States started a war in the greater Middle East – an almost four decade long war.  He argues this war started with Carter’s Malaise Speech. This ledContinue reading “Andrew Bacevich – America’s War for the Greater Middle East”

Diem’s Final Failure

In Philip Catton’s Diem’s Final Failure, the author examines the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam from 1954 – 1963 and argues that the conflict between the United States and the Diem government resulted from a “clash of visions” on the methods of modernization and nation building (Catton 2). Catton develops thisContinue reading “Diem’s Final Failure”

American Umpire – Review

In Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman’s book American Umpire, the author examines the history of U.S. foreign policy from the founding to present day.  By exploring specific events in American history, the author challenges those scholars who suggest that the United States is an empire and she asserts that the term “umpire” better describes American foreign policy. Continue reading “American Umpire – Review”

Barbarian Virtues – Matthew Frye Jacobson

Matthew Frye Jacobson’s aim is to examine “American conceptions of peoplehood, citizenship, and national identity” between 1876 and the First World War when growing American economic, industrial, and military strength led to increased contact with foreigners at home and abroad. (4) Jacobson argues that immigration and expansion are “two sides of the same coin;” thatContinue reading “Barbarian Virtues – Matthew Frye Jacobson”