Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security--From World War II to the War on Terrorism

Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security--From World War II to the War on Terrorism

by Julian E. Zelizer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465028500

ISBN-13: 9780465028504

Pub. Date: 03/06/2012

Publisher: Basic Books


In Arsenal of Democracy, historian and public intellectual Julian Zelizer shows how internal politics have influenced American foreign policy since the Cold War. Rejecting the notion that, prior to the presidency of George W. Bush, politics “stopped at the water’s edge,” Zelizer exposes the partisan fighting that shaped the foreign…  See more details below

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In Arsenal of Democracy, historian and public intellectual Julian Zelizer shows how internal politics have influenced American foreign policy since the Cold War. Rejecting the notion that, prior to the presidency of George W. Bush, politics “stopped at the water’s edge,” Zelizer exposes the partisan fighting that shaped the foreign policies of presidents from FDR to Kennedy to Reagan, revealing the extent to which the GOP and Democratic party have alternately sought to define themselves as the party of war and the party of peace as the political mood shifted. Republicans, he shows, have not always been hawks; during World War II, it was the Democratic party that took the lead not only in entering war, but in ensuring that the national security apparatus that emerged would remain a fixture of the American political landscape even after the war was over. A definitive account of the complex interaction between domestic politics and foreign affairs over the last six decades, Arsenal of Democracy is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of national security.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465028504
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1 Four Questions 1

2 Uneasy Warriors 9

3 How the Democrats Won World War II 39

4 Building the National Security State 60

5 Making China Right 81

6 High Noon at Mid-Century 97

7 Make Missiles, Not Budgets 121

8 The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited 148

9 Running Scared into Vietnam 178

10 Ending the Draft 203

11 No Room for a Republican Center 237

12 The Lost Democratic Opportunity 273

13 Rambo Meets The Deer Hunter 300

14 Counter-Attack 333

15 What Comes Next? 355

16 Fighting Conservatism on Capitol Hill 386

17 9/11 431

18 Mission Accomplished? 467

19 Politics at the Water's Edge 503

Acknowledgments 507

Archives 509

Notes 511

Index 561

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