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American Foreign Policy Since World War II [Paperback]

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Despite its status as the world's lone superpower, the United States confronts a variety of serious challenges in the world today: ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nuclear tensions involving Iran and North Korea, and strained American relations with allies in the European Union and the United Nations. In updating their book, authors Hook and Spanier find that these new developments are in keeping with the overarching theme of their classic text--that there is an American "style" of foreign policy imbued with a distinct sense of national exceptionalism. Through a thorough understanding of the United States' past actions, students can then fully grasp the functions and frequent dysfunctions of the nation's foreign-policy process.

Providing a lively and concise review of the conduct of American foreign policy since World War II, early chapters are strengthened by new historical findings, while recent developments since 9/11 receive thorough treatment and analysis. A stand-alone chapter on the Iraq War provides essential historical context as well as a detailed assessment of recent events across the Middle East. The book's presentation and usefulness are enhanced by new tables and figures, updated photos and maps, and annotated web resources.

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Pages   441
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 15, 2006
Publisher   CQ Press
ISBN  1933116714  
ISBN13  9781933116716  

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More About Steven W. Hook

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Professor and chair of political science at Kent State University, Steven W. Hook is author of U.S. Policy: The Paradox of World Power and coauthor of American Foreign Policy Since World War II. He has published numerous articles on U.S. foreign policy and international political economy in journals such as Foreign Policy Analysis and International Studies Quarterly.

Steven W. Hook was born in 1959 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Kent State University Kent State University, USA Kent State University.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > History > United States
2Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Social Sciences > Political Science > International
3Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 20th Century > 1945 - Present
4Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 21st Century
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > International > Diplomacy
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > International > Relations

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The Ultimate Guide to US Foreign Policy  Jul 7, 2005
Now in its 16th edition, American Foreign Policy Since World War II has become one of the most respected guides on the ins and outs US foreign engagement in the 20th century. Combining theory and insight to this historical perspective, Hook and Spanier have created a very thorough book that takes a balanced look at both the domestic and international issues that have shaped US foreign policy. This book is comprehensive and comprehensible, making it perfect as leisure reading for those interested in international politics or a text for an international relations course. The fourteen chapters:

1. The American Approach to Foreign Policy
2. From World War to Cold War
3. Containment: From Theory to Practice
4. Developing Countries in the Crossfire
5. Vietnam and the Cost of Containment
6. The Era of Superpower Detente
7. Jimmy Carter and World-Order Politics
8. The Revival of Superpower Confrontation
9. The End of the Cold War
10. America's "Unipolar Moment"
11. Old Tensions in a New Order
12. The Shifting European Landscape
13. America under Fire
14. A World of Trouble

are useful individually to address a specific issue, region, or time period, and as a set to provide a broad overview.
Building Blocks  Jan 11, 2005
Steven W. Hook and John Spanier's book on American foreign policy since WWII is a great introduction for those seeking a detailed yet concise elucidation. The authors exploit all levels of analysis (unit, state, and system), and posit a "peculiar national style" and a degree of continuity as underlying the nature of US foreign policy since 1945. Despite the lucanae bound to be found in a wide-ranging account, Hook and Spanier's book is still an excellent building block for understanding post-WWII US foreign policy as well as basic international relations' theory.

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