War on Peace

War on Peace

The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

Book - 2018
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US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America's place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America's deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth--Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them--acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official 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.Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers--including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson--War on Peace makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice--but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton and Company, ©2018
ISBN: 9780393652109
Characteristics: xxxiii, 392 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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lukasevansherman
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.

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pterry25
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.

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Memawrayne
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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