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Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism

 
 
 
 
Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism
Author: Julian Zelizer
ISBN 13: 9780465015078
ISBN 10: 465015077
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2009-12-28
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 592
List Price: $35.00
 
 

By a prize-winning historian, a sweeping history of the interplay between domestic politics and foreign policy since World War II

Publishers Weekly

Despite its title, this insightful examination of the impact domestic politics has had on American foreign policy actually begins with the Spanish-American war. Zelizer (Taxing America) traces changing attitudes toward foreign engagement through WWI, including Wilson’s failed advocacy for the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations, and arrives at the cold war era, his principle focus. His key themes are the competition between the Republican and Democratic parties for electoral advantage on issues related to international affairs and the expansion of executive authority that began with the Korean War in the Truman administration and continued intermittently through the George W. Bush era. The author emphasizes foreign policy throughout, devoting mere paragraphs to major domestic events like the Kennedy assassination and the contested presidential election of 2000. Zelizer’s excellent analysis concludes with charting the rise and fall of conservative internationalism from Reagan to the election of Barack Obama, advancing a consistently thoughtful, complex and balanced argument about the decisive effect domestic politics has had on the evolution of the national security state. (Jan.)