Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938

Stephen E. Ambrose Douglas Brinkley

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Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938

Rise to Globalism American Foreign Policy since A survey of America s foreign policy from through to President Clinton s second term in Included in the text is commentary on Reagan s deal with Iran in Bush s deal with Iraq up to the

  • Title: Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938
  • Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Douglas Brinkley
  • ISBN: 9780140268317
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • A survey of America s foreign policy from 1938 through to President Clinton s second term in 1995 Included in the text is commentary on Reagan s deal with Iran in 1980, Bush s deal with Iraq up to the invasion of Kuwait, the Middle East peace talks and the collapse of Soviet Union.

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    1. Lazarus P Badpenny Esq on said:

      This felt like a book of two halves. What began as a detailed and seemingly thoroughly researched study of American foreign affairs sadly began by the Nixon years to seem merely generalised and opinionated.But without doubt it was the worst example of proof-reading that I've ever encountered: errant commas, dollar signs transposed by random numerals, non-sensical sentences (in one case the word 'create' is replaced by 'cremate') not to mention unnecessarily sloppy colloquialisms. Arguably the in [...]

    2. Sarah on said:

      THERE ARE SO MANY F*-#KING TYPOS IN THIS BOOK. Apologies for the profanity, but dear Lord, who edited this thing?! Paragraphs split in the middle of a sentence, misspellings, random commas, missing capital lettersmeone was clearly asleep at the wheel in proofreading this thing. Beyond just typos, there was also a lot of bad or confusing phrasing and awkward sentences that really brought down the level of the book, stylistically. So one star off for some poor writing.The other star I took off bec [...]

    3. Paul on said:

      When I think about my experience reading "Rise to Globalism," the one word that comes to mind is "fair," in the sense that the authors don't take a politically partisan stance to Republican or Democrat administrations. This book achieves three purposes:1) Show the reader how the US emerged as the world superpower, tracing the route from 1938 to the present;2) Subjectively grade each president and his administration on their foreign policy objectives and whether or not they were achieved;3) Help [...]

    4. Jonathan on said:

      This is one of those books that I actually remember the precise moment that I first picked it up. I was in college. Some of my friends and I were walking down, I believe, 7th Avenue between Irving and Judah streets late on a Friday night. We had just left the pizza parlor, walking back to our cars, when we passed a bookstore on the east side of the street (I don't know if it's still there). The store was closed, it's green awning drawn back over the peeling green door frame, the lights were all [...]

    5. Tara deCamp on said:

      This book is a decent survey of US foreign policy post-WWII. If you know absolutely nothing about the subject, this wouldn't be a bad primer.

    6. Ian Sims on said:

      I believe that this book will be of primary interest to two groups of individuals: those who enjoy American history and horny teenagers trying to learn the right and wrong approaches to romantic relationships. --American History Buffs-- While there are no shortage of extraordinary books that take deep dives into specific moments in American history, Globalism stands out from the pack by showing the cause and effect relationships that bring history to your doorstep. This is a book that tracks for [...]

    7. Tyler Horken on said:

      So many typos. I’ve never seen anything like it. Really hard to trust the accuracy and analysis when the editors didn’t even catch errors in spelling and grammar. Assuming that the typos came from people outside of the factual, analytical part of the process, it’s decent. At most points it felt like the subject material was far more interesting than presented here. I think a historian with better writing style could’ve made this such a page-turner; as it is, it reads like a fairly dry te [...]

    8. Walter Alves on said:

      I had to read a chapter from this book for class but was so enthralled that I decided to read the remaining 400 pages. It’s a summary of American foreign policy since 1938, if that sentence alone bored you then you shouldn’t bother. Regardless, this is the only foreign policy book I’ve ever read and felt “enlightened”, there was a lot of information but it was presented in a way that would make a squirrel go “ah!”Books like these that show all the inner workings of historical event [...]

    9. Jake on said:

      The quality of the writing and analysis decline sharply in the last half or even third of the text, and the rampant grammatical and spelling errors detracted further from the overall work. The authors seemed to have clear favorites in terms of presidents, and some of their analysis was downright baffling (like shoe-horning blame for 9/11 into the Clinton chapters).Overall, a relatively strong start squandered in later chapters. Very disappointing.

    10. Casey on said:

      An interesting read, but having read about twenty other books specifically in this genre it leaves a little to be desired. I found it to be an excellent way to catch up on holes in my education (i.e. learning more abou the Carter administration) but if you want a great all around book on the rise of globalism and American foreign policy there are better books out there.

    11. Michael on said:

      The fact that one can get a copy of Stephen Ambrose's Rise to Globalism at virtually any American used bookstore attests to the overwhelmingly positive reception accorded this synthesis, which by 1983 had gone through 12 reprintings. The success of Ambrose's book may rest in his ability to provide critical judgments of American foreign policy within a balanced framework. As a survey it functions admirably.On contentious issues, Ambrose seems to straddle controversy and approach the golden mean. [...]

    12. Joe Ruvido on said:

      Let me qualify my rating of four stars for an otherwise excellent book that weaved a story of America's FP from FDR through Clinton. Perhaps the rating is unfair of me, but I simply can't get past the fact that in the final chapters Ambrose and Brinkley pull the tired right wing blame of Clinton for 9/11, saying that Clinton enforced a no-fly zone above his 2nd inaugural in the wake of the Atlanta Bombings but didn't expand their use which led to 9/11. The blame came out of nowhere, and showed t [...]

    13. Andy Alexis on said:

      A good overview of American Foreign Policy, 1938-2007. It is well written, and the authors have plenty of criticism for pretty much all of the Presidents in that period. There does not seem to be an underlying political agenda. If anything, America's foreign policy is a history of grand mistakes by inexperienced Presidents, with occasional serendipitous successes that seem to occur almost by accident. One other conclusion I have made is that just about all of the Presidents and their Secretaries [...]

    14. Davidzablotny on said:

      This book should be required reading in the age of Trump, if only for the quotes: "Armaments only bring disasters. When one accumulates them, this damages the economy, and if one puts them to use, then they destroy people on both sides. Consequently, only a madman can believe that armaments are the principal means in the life of society." -Nikita Kruschev, after the Cuban missile crisis."In politics and strategy, as in economics, monopoly naturally appears to him who enjoys it as the best possib [...]

    15. Helen on said:

      I felt this was quite a surface book, that didn't get into a lot of the deeper details behind foreign policy decisions (and in fact glossed over some huge black marks of US history). It basically just recaps major foreign events that were probably covered in your high school history class, without going into any detail or root cause. Also, this book is riddled with typos and editing errors. One of the few books I've read where the editing was bad enough to be distracting.

    16. Daniel Chung on said:

      It’s a good survey of foreign policy in the US. The perspective is strictly from the executive branch, but gives a continuity in narrative that allow the reader to understand the decisions that changed the world. I would read this as a supplement to historical scholarship that already exists on Cold War historiography or American history to

    17. Robert on said:

      Depressing. TR's grandson joined the CIA and incited riots in Iran to put the Shaw into power.

    18. Blaine Welgraven on said:

      Ambrose is an always-interesting read, yet Rise to Globalism becomes decidedly less-analytical and overtly more opinionated as it progresses. Chapters on Truman and Eisenhower are deeply engaging and decidedly neutral; however by the time Ambrose rolls into the Kennedy and Johnson, Globalism makes some questionable statements and employs some (perhaps outdated) source choices. Examples include:--Historical sources: Despite some criticism of President Kennedy's actions during the Cuban Missile Cr [...]

    19. Rachel on said:

      Excellent overview of US foreign policy since WWII. Fast-moving and interesting.

    20. Riley Feldmann on said:

      I'm currently in the midst of an attempt to really dive deeper on my understanding of the theoretical concepts revolving around the art of international relations. Before really getting into the Xs and Os, however, I thought it imperative that I familiarize myself with currents of thought regarding the foreign policy of the US of A. Given that setup, I eventually found myself grabbing a copy of "Rise to Globalism".Much like US foreign policy in the 20th Century, this book appears to have conflic [...]

    21. Meg on said:

      Though the information and analysis was thoughtful, I have to wonder if an editor ever checked the text. This book is absolutely FULL of typos ("Obama became the first African America president," to name one) and grammatical mistakes. If it just happened once or twice, that would be one thing, but without looking I found at least three errors per chapter. As I reached the end, I found myself questioning the publication merely for these amateur errors.

    22. Candace on said:

      Like so many others have stated, there were many typos throughout the book and; most of them, were randomly placed commas; and colons (see what I did there?) The first several chapters were an enjoyable read and Ambrose certainly seems to have done his research. I did try to keep in mind that no matter how objective an author attempts to be, there will always be some form of personal opinion involved in the process, perhaps most noticeably in deciding which sources to use. So as I stated I was g [...]

    23. Harold on said:

      I asked a history professor to recommend a good book about recent American History, after telling him I had no history background but read a lot of popular biographies and histories. This was the book he recommended. It is not typical Stephen Ambrose -- history as a story, and visa versa. While not being overly scholarly, this is the tale of American foreign policy in the cold war -- how did it start and what kept it going. The story of the beginning of the cold war is straightforwardly told, in [...]

    24. Andy on said:

      A wonderfully readable, yet overall average, overview of US foreign policy beginning in WWII. Ambrose does cover most major American foreign policy initiatives, but he does so from a distinctly realist perspective, focusing predominantly on the games played by the so called "Great Powers" - most notably Russia and China. While this /focus/ is arguably justifiable, Ambrose would certainly have benefited by spending more time discussing the effects of US policies on the citizens of affected countr [...]

    25. Michael on said:

      If you have zero knowledge about US Foreign Policy before the 1st Bush White House, then this book is not a bad primer. You wont find a great amount of detail about any single event but dont get this book expecting that. If you want a book about the Korean War, for instance, then buy a book about Korea, like Halberstams The Longest Winter. Rise to Globalism is a survey book, a Birds Eye view of history, as one person wrote. The portions covering Iraq and Afghanistan arent valuable really. Too br [...]

    26. Dave on said:

      I was assigned this book in college and I pretty much skimmed it for class. Over 15 years later I decided maybe I should read it for real. I learned that it was updated with the assistance of Douglas Brinkley who is an excellent historian/writer. The chapters are divided into specific historical periods of huge influence concerning US foreign policy. Ambrose who was one of our greatest historians wrote this book in an easy flow. There aren't a billion quotes or talk of "troop divisions" or an in [...]

    27. Scott on said:

      I like to consider myself a fairly cultured and learned person who is up-to-date on most current affairs. I was deeply humbled at how much history I didn't know. I realized my knowledge of US foreign policy and world history (after WWII) was surprisingly limited to the perspective of my high school US History teacher. This book empowered me with knowledge. It's discussions are fairly brief and lively, but I do not have the sense that I am missing out or getting a skewed perspective of US foreign [...]

    28. Aimen on said:

      Before Chapter 2 even begun, my eyes were drooping. I feel bad reviewing this so harshly but this book has become my night time lullaby before I go to bed. I think the authors totally knew what they were talking about, missing information- sure, but it was mostly all knowledgable. I just had a very hard time getting through this book. Some parts were written like a story and was captivating but then all the explicit detail just had me zoned out. Overall? Not a good read, for a class or a normal [...]

    29. Bryan Mckinney on said:

      Very informative. Learned a lot and has changed my perspective of our government, our presidents, and foreign policy. Great read for FSOT prep like in my case. Otherwise it can be quite bland and textbook like if you don't like the subject. What I liked was after being brought nose deep in details and analysis there was also a step taken back with an overall birdseye view analysis of a president's terms and whether anything meaningful was accomplished or not in the end. This gave interesting per [...]

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