War on Peace

War on Peace

The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

Book - 2018
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The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393652109
Branch Call Number: 327.73 Un362F 2018
Characteristics: xxxiii, 392 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 04, 2019

First book by journalist Ronan Farrow, who is best known for his #MeToo work. This book is not about that but about U.S. foreign policy and the uses of diplomacy. Farrow interviews all the living Secretaries of State including Hilary Clinton, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. A timely book for anyone concerned about how we influence the world in the Trump era. His new book is called "Catch and Kill."
PS-Those who suspect that Farrow may be Frank Sinatra's son will appreciate the reference to Gay Talese's famous article.

Jul 13, 2018

WAR ON PEACE covers a lot of ground. It could be a challenge for some to move through all of the moving parts associated with diplomacy. It isn't until the end that Farrow makes a case for diplomacy.

While not for everyone, I think that this should be on the reading list for anyone (or his/her handler, campaign manager) who aspires to be president.

Jun 09, 2018

A very interesting and thought-provoking presentation on the importance of diplomacy and the slow break-down of the State Dept. by several administrations. It cannot all be blamed on Trump. Even Colin Powell talked about the position of the dept. and policy being decided by the VP and the DOD. Military solutions MUST be the very last resort. Diplomacy is less expensive in money and lives than war. But there is a strong feeling among many of our leaders that it is acceptable to have the military make policy. That is not their strong area which is probably why our Constitution had a civilian be the Commander-in-chief. This book is not light reading but patriotic citizens should read it.


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