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

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It has long been a truism that prior to George W. Bush, politics stopped at the water's edge--that is, that partisanship had no place in national security. In Arsenal of Democracy, historian Julian E. Zelizer shows this to be demonstrably false: partisan fighting has always shaped American foreign policy and the issue of national security has always been part of our domestic conflicts. Based on original archival findings, Arsenal of Democracy offers new insights into nearly every major national security issue since the beginning of the cold war: from FDR's masterful management of World War II to the partisanship that scarred John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, from Ronald Reagan's fight against Communism to George W. Bush's controversial War on Terror. A definitive account of the complex interaction between domestic politics and foreign affairs over the last six decades, Arsenal of Democracy is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of national security.

Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
ISBN: 9780465015078
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 53 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Bruce J. Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History, Boston University
"Extensively researched and vigorously argued, "Arsenal of Democracy" uncovers the intimate and complex interactions between domestic politics and national security policy in the post-World War II period, exploding the old saw that politics stopped at the water's edge. Ranging over half a century, this ambitious book sets the standard for understanding the politics of national security policy in modern America."
Laura Kalman, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
""Arsenal of Democracy" provides a provocative, timely and compulsively readable account of the vexed relationship between foreign and domestic policy and the tangled politics of national security since World War II."
Jeremi Suri, E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, University of Wisconsin
"Many Americans imagine a past era of bipartisan cooperation in our country around critical issues of war and peace. Zelizer shows that such a golden age never existed in our nation's politics. Instead, Democrats and Republicans have used foreign policy debates since World War II to push their partisan agendas and their electoral interests. Zelizer does not criticize this process, but he reminds us that successful foreign policy always requires effective manipulation of interests, fears, and aspirations at home. Zelizer offers a compelling account of how foreign policy is really made. Every citizen interested in understanding our nation's policies would benefit from reading this well-written book."
"Kirkus"
"A timely analysis of the forces that will collide as President Obama ponders the way forward in Afghanistan."
Evan Thomas, author of "Sea of Thunder" and "John Paul Jones"
"Julian Zelizer is a patient and clear-eyed guide through the thicket of American foreign policy. He combines a feel for the sweep of history with a grasp of significant detail to bring alive Americ
Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryanand Professor of History, Georgetown University
"Julian Zelizer's comprehensive, unfailingly wise book should finally demolish the myth of bipartisanship in the making of America's wars and diplomacy. Vigorously argued and brilliantly researched, Arsenal of Democracy is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand political conflict in the nation from FDR to Barack Obama."
Frederik Logevall, Professor of History, Cornell University, and co-author of America's Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity
"Arsenal of Democracy is a myth-shattering history of the American national security state since 1945. Zelizer sheds important new light on the fiercely debated issues of the postwar era, and amply supports his core argument: in the United States, foreign policy is always a political matter. A marvelously instructive work."
Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland
"Simultaneously a lucid synthesis and a work of commanding original research, Julian Zelizer's sweeping tour de horizon on American foreign policy from the age of isolationism to the post-9/11 era demonstrates to a fare-thee-well that politics has never, ever stopped at the water's edge. In making the argument, it is mature, fluent, and authoritative."

Jeremi Suri, E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, University of Wisconsin
"Many Americans imagine a past era of bipartisan cooperation in our country around critical issues of war and peace. Zelizer shows that such a golden age never existed in our nation's politics. Instead, Democrats and Republicans have used foreign policy debates since World War II to push their partisan agendas and their electoral interests. Zelizer does not criticize this process, but he reminds us that successful foreign policy always requires effective manipulation of interests, fears, and aspirations at home. Zelizer offers a compelling account of how foreign policy is really made. Every citizen interested in understanding our nation's policies would benefit from reading this well-written book."
Kirkus
"A timely analysis of the forces that will collide as President Obama ponders the way forward in Afghanistan."
Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder and John Paul Jones
"Julian Zelizer is a patient and clear-eyed guide through the thicket of American foreign policy. He combines a feel for the sweep of history with a grasp of significant detail to bring alive America's often uncertain effort to lead the world."

Bruce J. Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History, Boston University
"Extensively researched and vigorously argued, Arsenal of Democracy uncovers the intimate and complex interactions between domestic politics and national security policy in the post-World War II period, exploding the old saw that politics stopped at the water's edge. Ranging over half a century, this ambitious book sets the standard for understanding the politics of national security policy in modern America."
Laura Kalman, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Arsenal of Democracy provides a provocative, timely and compulsively readable account of the vexed relationship between foreign and domestic policy and the tangled politics of national security since World War II."

Randall B. Woods, author of LBJ: Architect of American Ambition
"Whether you are looking for a historical context in which to evaluate the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or simply for a riveting, up-to-date history of U.S. national security policy, this is the book for you."
Sean Wilentz, author of The Age of Reagan
"Arsenal of Democracy is a magnificent book by one of the finest American historians to come along in some time. Julian Zelizer's acuity about how American politics actually works, on many fronts, illuminates his sweeping narrative and reinterpretation of national security policy, from FDR through the age of Ronald Reagan. Exact in detail but grand in conception, it is a work of modern historical analysis at its best."
Booklist
"[A] detailed and even-handed account. Covering election campaigns, election winners' interpretation of the results, and votes on Capitol Hill, Zelizer makes the case to general-interest readers that American politics have never stopped at the water's edge."
Foreign Affairs
"In this eminently readable book, Zelizer has provided an admirably balanced account of the politics of U.S. foreign policy.... It gives structural realists much to chew on; Zelizer makes a powerful case that domestic political debates, rather than the international environment, have frequently shaped U.S. foreign policy on issues of great strategic importance.... [A] powerful and rewarding study of U.S. foreign policy in modern times."
Wilson Quarterly
"Attuned to the debates of the moment, political observers rarely step back to view the antecedents of current controversy.... Yet a wide lens is crucial when dealing with interconnected issues such as foreign policy. In Arsenal of Democracy, Julian E. Zelizer affords us an opportunity to scan that far horizon, surveying the history of the politics of national security from the late 19th century onward."
The American Prospect
"Zelizer's inspired choice to write a foreign-policy history primarily from the perspective of bare-knuckled politicking rather than high-minded disputes about America's role in the world casts many events in a new light."

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