ISBN-13: 978-1537238524 
ISBN-10: 1537238523

BISAC: Political Science / Political Freedom & Security / General, Political Science / International Relations / General

Forging  national security strategies is one of the most important and difficult  challenges that the U.S. government faces. In this landmark book, Dr.  Richard Kugler addresses the U.S. track record in this arena over the  past century. For each president, from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack  Obama, he asks whether U.S. key decisions were wise or unwise. Kugler  reaches a troubling conclusion: although the United States has often  acted wisely, too often it has acted unwisely in ways that have had  damaging, unforeseen consequences.

Kugler starts by reviewing  U.S. strategy during the decades covering WWI and WWII. He then devotes  five chapters to the Cold War from the late 1940s to the 1980s. He  offers four long chapters on the modern age, covering Presidents George  H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Along the  way he provides considerable detail about the strategies of these four  presidents—their successes and their mistakes. The result is an in-depth  portrayal of these years that exceeds other strategy books. The book  provides extensive and critical documentation in notes, bibliography,  and index.

This book offers readers an excellent opportunity to learn about U.S. national security strategy and how to evaluate it.  - Paperback and Kindle versions

National Security Policy Press