American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. Were becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrows narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, short-sightedness, and outright malicebut it may just offer America a way out of a world at war....
|Title||:||War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence|
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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence Reviews
Excellently researched, sourced, and written. Several on the record accounts, a testament to Farrow’s disarming interview talent. Highly recommend this book.
The author is well know for his investigative journalism. It is reinforced by the positions he has held within, specifically, the State Department. He uses these experiences, the contacts he has made and the doors and people who are open to him because of his literary expertise. My take is that his writings in this book are of a balanced nature sticking with documented facts. Because of the reach he seems to have in doing his investigative work I have to think he is considered fair and unbiased. ...more
Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial complex has been wading through recent history of smoke and haze of frenetic spending for the sake of "defense", while stripping our foreign policy of proven inaccuracies and replacing that with nothing! Farrow decries ...more
Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis of the State department which started as early as Bush 1 and continued through Clinton, Bush 2, and even Obama,
in favor of a more militarized approach to geopolitical quagmires.
Much of the book analyses diplomacy th ...more
A sobering review of the history and current status of America’s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS’s, military leaders and career diplomats is impressive and critical to giving the reader the opportunity to understand more than we get from cable news and clickbait headlines. Fantastic read for those who enjoy an intense look at how we got to where ...more
It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is “eating our lunch today, and president Trump has invited it because he thinks our retreat is some kind of accomplishment. If China can mature as a diplomatic power as rapidly as it has as a force for economic development, Ame ...more
Closer to a 3.5
Examines the gutting of the State Department since the end of the Cold War. It also takes a stab at the problems with the Pentagon making more and more policy decisions on international issues. There are lots of personal accounts, interviews with every living Secretary of State, and portraits of some of the heavy hitters of the diplomat world.
It was wonderful to read something I had no idea about. It’s terrifying to learn that things are worse than they seem.
This book is probably ...more
3.5 stars - a few interesting notes.