Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power

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Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power

Running the World The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power Never before in the history of mankind have so few people had so much power over so many The people at the top of the American national security establishment the President and his principal advisors

  • Title: Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power
  • Author: David Rothkopf
  • ISBN: 9781586482480
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Never before in the history of mankind have so few people had so much power over so many The people at the top of the American national security establishment, the President and his principal advisors, the core team at the helm of the National Security Council, are without question the most powerful committee in the history of the world.Yet, in many respects, they are amoNever before in the history of mankind have so few people had so much power over so many The people at the top of the American national security establishment, the President and his principal advisors, the core team at the helm of the National Security Council, are without question the most powerful committee in the history of the world.Yet, in many respects, they are among the least understood A former senior official in the Clinton Administration himself, David Rothkopf served with and knows personally many of the NSC s key players of the past twenty five years In Running the World he pulls back the curtain on this shadowy world to explore its inner workings, its people, their relationships, their contributions and the occasions when they have gone wrong He traces the group s evolution from the final days of the Second World War to the post Cold War realities of global terror exploring its triumphs, its human dramas and most recently, what many consider to be its breakdown at a time when we needed it most.Drawing on an extraordinary series of insider interviews with policy makers including Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, senior officials of the Bush Administration, and over 130 others, the book offers unprecedented insights into what must change if America is to maintain its unprecedented worldwide leadership in the decades ahead.

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    1. Shane on said:

      Despite the (for me) relatively low rating I gave it, I enjoyed this book. If you have a low to moderate-level interest in the subject matter, you can learn a lot from readingRunning the World . I particularly like how the author strives very hard to avoid naked partisanship. As he summarizes the NSC from one administration to the next, he largely avoids editorializing or unfounded opinions. The author worked in the Clinton administration, but his only strong bias, or perhaps simply admiration, [...]

    2. Dennis Osborne on said:

      A better rating would be 4 1/2 stars. It's a detailed and fascinating insight into the decision making in US politics. It primarily focuses on the National Security Council since it's foundation in 1947 through to the 2nd Bush administration. The focus being on the small group who really have influence on the President,which is not necessarily a formal group. I quite enjoyed the insight into Bush 41's administration and to Carter's administration.It's a very detailed read , but of interest to th [...]

    3. Brian Tibby on said:

      This is an excellent book on history of the NSC and what makes NSCs and NSAs work and effective as well as what factors lead to dysfunctional NSCs and ineffective NSAs. A great read for those interested in this important but often overlooked part of the US government national security system. The main flaws in the book are the first and last chapters which can be skipped without missing anything (the author went on a trip to India with his Dad in 1989). The author also makes clear in a few place [...]

    4. Jill on said:

      This book is huge, but flowed very well and stayed interesting throughout. It gave good insight into what was going on behind the scenes as decisions were made by presidents from Truman through the first administration of the second Bush. The author was involved in the Clinton administration and through these ties was able to interview a large amount of people who have been very influential in past administrations.

    5. Albert W Tu on said:

      This is a fascinating book on the history of the National Security Council. The development of bureaucratic processes is probably tinder-dry reading for most people but for those with a deep interest in how government actually works this book is just fun. Rothkopf provides a great balance of detail and analysis. He clearly resides in this world, as he is eager to remind the reader, and there are numerous little personal notes that add color to historical figures.

    6. Matthew Aks on said:

      Great summary of major U.S. foreign policy events since 1945, combined with fun (for me, at least) inside baseball stories on how the NSC process functioned during those episodes (including some interesting notes on its relationship with the NEC since 1993). Last chapter on general takeaways/recommendations can probably be skipped as it is now somewhat obsolete.

    7. Du4 on said:

      Awesome history of the NSC as it developed by administration. Pretty hysterical to see how awesome Eisenhower's national security team compared to the bumbling idiots of the Clinton administration. Some good stories relayed by interviewees.

    8. Daniel on said:

      Must read for any keen and astute observer of the country's national security apparatus. Superb detail makes this book an outstanding read, notwithstanding the author's occasional disorganizing chronology.

    9. Vince Carter on said:

      This offers an interesting, though at times tediously detailed, account of the perspectives and interactions of an array of Washington insiders in dealing with international crises since WWII.

    10. Timothy on said:

      Great historical analysis that makes you really jaded if you read it during the Obama-Trump transition.

    11. Matt Heavner on said:

      Broad scope (historical sweep) with great insight, good stories and insights, and not too much bias. This was up through 2006 and I'd love to get the update through today! An intense read.

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