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Good books on foreign affairs/policy?
    #4568866 - 08/23/05 01:02 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I'm trying to expand my political knowledge, and while I feel very knowledgeable about economics, I feel my knowledge of foreign policy could use some improvement. Can anyone recommend some good books on the subject. I'm currently reading one by Chomsky("Hegemony or Survival") but I figure I'd better supplement that with an author whose views are less radical and anti-American.


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Re: Good books on foreign affairs/policy? [Re: Silversoul]
    #4568880 - 08/23/05 01:08 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I will not recommend any book to you until you tell me that you have in fact read "FREE TO CHOOSE" by Milton and Rose Friedman.

I am currently just starting out on The Lexus and The Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman (no relation, of NYTimes fame). It is about globalization. I will give you a full report if I find it compelling.

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Re: Good books on foreign affairs/policy? [Re: Silversoul]
    #4568909 - 08/23/05 01:19 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

American Foreign Policy : Theoretical Essays (5th Edition) by John G. Ikenberry

American Foreign Policy In A New Era by Robert Jervis

American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century by Bruce W. Jentleson

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

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Re: Good books on foreign affairs/policy? [Re: Silversoul]
    #4568948 - 08/23/05 01:30 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

That's a pretty broad area, I'm not sure what angle you want to take...

The Breakdown of Nations - by Leopold Kohr
First published in 1957, the author discusses what he feels is the problem leading to World Wars and some solutions.

The Prince - by Nicol? Machiavelli
(here's an online version)
A classic, not specific to foreign policy but provides you with an understanding of politics AS IT IS.

The Art of War - by Sun Ztu
(an online version)
Another classic. You can read this with an open mind and an eye to more universal applications.

Endless Enemies: The Making of an Unfriendly World - by Jonathan Kwitny (1984)

A Fate Worse Than Debt - by Susan George
Covers the foreign policy of debt

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Re: Good books on foreign affairs/policy? [Re: Prosgeopax]
    #4569396 - 08/23/05 04:51 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)


ROFL, just kidding. "the international Jew" sounds like some Long Islander who travels frequently.

Meet Estel, the International Jew!

I just finished reading Shadow, by Woodward. Excellent book, talks about the potential for misuse of the independant counsel and the climate of scandal created around the president/administration [by the media] since Nixon.


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From the Declaration of the Continental Congress

"We can have peace and security only as long as we band together to preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of European blood."
Charles A. Lindbergh,"Aviation, Geography, and Race", Reader's Digest, Nov. 1939

"We must secure the existance of our people and a future for White children."
David Lane

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