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Invincible Ignorance in American Foreign Policy: The Triumph of Ideology over Evidence - Frontiers in Political Communication 26 (Paperback)
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Invincible Ignorance in American Foreign Policy: The Triumph of Ideology over Evidence - Frontiers in Political Communication 26 (Paperback)

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This book is a review of major post-World War II American foreign policy decisions made by authorities who were blinded by ideology. In each of the nine situations examined, accurate evidence was available and even known to many of the decision makers, but chauvinism, anti-Communism, or willful left-wing or right-wing ideological predilections carried the day. In the preface, Newman takes as his guiding light the words of Corey Robin: "The twentieth century, it's said, taught us a simple lesson about politics: of all the motivations for political action, none is as lethal as ideology. The lust for money may be distasteful, the desire for power ignoble, but neither will drive its devotees to the criminal excess of an idea on the march."
The analytical-critical essays comprising this volume sweep across the post-war period, from the Hiroshima decision through Bush and Iraq. Government documents, scholarly analyses, and Newman's own acerbic arguments both entertain and inform readers.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781433121326
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 x 13 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"For more than six decades, Robert P. Newman has been the foremost scholar of U.S. foreign policy discourse. Newman's penetrating and insightful critiques of the speeches and media articles that influence public opinion have shaped scholarly dialogues for generations of academics in communication studies, political science, and international relations. The book deserves a significant audience and will be cited for years to come." (Thomas A. Hollihan, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California)
"This book represents the culmination of a career devoted to the critical study of the public arguments and ideological commitments that have shaped American foreign policy since the end of World War II. For more than six decades, Robert P. Newman has been the foremost scholar of U.S. foreign policy discourse. Newman's penetrating and insightful critiques of the speeches and media articles that influence public opinion have shaped scholarly dialogues for generations of academics in communication studies, political science, and international relations. `Invincible Ignorance' includes chapters on the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Iran, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Newman is often sharply critical of U.S. foreign policy and laments that our often uninformed citizens have been so frequently misled by the profiteers of protracted conflicts. Yet this is a book written by a true patriot devoted to improving foreign policy by enhancing the quality of public debate in the U.S. The book deserves a significant audience and will be cited for years to come." (Thomas A. Hollihan, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
"`Invincible Ignorance in American Foreign Policy' unveils recurrent, ideologically driven, foreign policy decision-making and its dire short- and long-term consequences for the United States. Beginning with World War II and ending with the 2003 Iraq War, Newman's tenacious and thorough review of the available archival evidence unmasks previously misleading academic accounts and revisionist historical interpretations promulgated by involved policy-makers. This volume is an insightful, engaging reference guide to the key players, their behind-the-scenes ideological battles, and the critical action points of American foreign policy over the past sixty years." (Carol Kay Winkler, Professor of Communication, Georgia State University )
"Robert P. Newman is a treasure, and a model of what scholarship ought to be. As always, if you plan on disagreeing with him, you had better come to play. And if you want to learn about evidence, it would be hard to do better than to start with the footnotes of this book." (Cori E. Dauber, Visiting Research Scholar, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College)
"Those of us who were children during WWII pledged allegiance to the flag, hid under our desks, watched bomb shelters being built, and we assumed our elders acted in the public interest - at least that was how I viewed the situation as a lieutenant in the newly minted United States Air Force of the early 1960s. But people like Oregon's Senator Wayne Morse, on whose campaign I worked after my tour in Vietnam, and Robert P. Newman, who wrote the book on evidence and foreign policy debate, raised questions about some of our government's major commitments and decisions. Through them we learned about ulterior motives and subterfuges used to justify and rally support for foreign policy decisions, some of which put troops in harm's way. The commitment of Robert P. Newman, and a few of his peers, to the truth, wherever it may lead, is still helping us sort through the situations where our United
"For more than six decades, Robert P. Newman has been the foremost scholar of U.S. foreign policy discourse. Newman's penetrating and insightful critiques of the speeches and media articles that influence public opinion have shaped scholarly dialogues for generations of academics in communication studies, political science, and international relations. The book deserves a significant audience and will be cited for years to come." (Thomas A. Hollihan, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California)
"This book represents the culmination of a career devoted to the critical study of the public arguments and ideological commitments that have shaped American foreign policy since the end of World War II. For more than six decades, Robert P. Newman has been the foremost scholar of U.S. foreign policy discourse. Newman's penetrating and insightful critiques of the speeches and media articles that influence public opinion have shaped scholarly dialogues for generations of academics in communication studies, political science, and international relations. `Invincible Ignorance' includes chapters on the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Iran, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Newman is often sharply critical of U.S. foreign policy and laments that our often uninformed citizens have been so frequently misled by the profiteers of protracted conflicts. Yet this is a book written by a true patriot devoted to improving foreign policy by enhancing the quality of public debate in the U.S. The book deserves a significant audience and will be cited for years to come." (Thomas A. Hollihan, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California)
"`Invincible Ignorance in American Foreign Policy' unveils recurrent, ideologically driven, foreign policy decision-making and its dire short- and long-term consequences for the United States. Beginning with World War II and ending with the 2003 Iraq War, Newman's tenacious and thorough review of the available archival evidence unmasks previously misleading academic accounts and revisionist historical interpretations promulgated by involved policy-makers. This volume is an insightful, engaging reference guide to the key players, their behind-the-scenes ideological battles, and the critical action points of American foreign policy over the past sixty years." (Carol Kay Winkler, Professor of Communication, Georgia State University )
"Robert P. Newman is a treasure, and a model of what scholarship ought to be. As always, if you plan on disagreeing with him, you had better come to play. And if you want to learn about evidence, it would be hard to do better than to start with the footnotes of this book." (Cori E. Dauber, Visiting Research Scholar, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College)
"Those of us who were children during WWII pledged allegiance to the flag, hid under our desks, watched bomb shelters being built, and we assumed our elders acted in the public interest - at least that was how I viewed the situation as a lieutenant in the newly minted United States Air Force of the early 1960s. But people like Oregon's Senator Wayne Morse, on whose campaign I worked after my tour in Vietnam, and Robert P. Newman, who wrote the book on evidence and foreign policy debate, raised questions about some of our government's major commitments and decisions. Through them we learned about ulterior motives and subterfuges used to justify and rally support for foreign policy decisions, some of which put troops in harm's way. The commitment of Robert P. Newman, and a few of his peers, to the truth, wherever it may lead, is still helping us sort through the situations where our United

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