The Long Road to Baghdad: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the 1970s to the Present

The Long Road to Baghdad: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the 1970s to the Present

by Lloyd C. Gardner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1595584765

ISBN-13: 9781595584762

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: New Press, The

A Sweeping And Authoritative Narrative, The Long Road to Baghdad places the Iraq War in the context of U.S. foreign policy since Vietnam, casting the conflict as a chapter in a much broader story of American diplomatic and military moves in the region.

With "a keen grasp of sprawling subject matter" (Kirkus), Lloyd C. Gardner, one of the nation's premier

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A Sweeping And Authoritative Narrative, The Long Road to Baghdad places the Iraq War in the context of U.S. foreign policy since Vietnam, casting the conflict as a chapter in a much broader story of American diplomatic and military moves in the region.

With "a keen grasp of sprawling subject matter" (Kirkus), Lloyd C. Gardner, one of the nation's premier diplomatic historians, illuminates a vital historical thread connecting Walt Whitman Rostow's defense of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia; Zbigniew Brzezinski's renewed attempts to project American power into the "arc of crisis"; and, in the aftermath of the Cold War, the efforts of two Bush administrations, in separate Iraq wars, to establish a "landing zone" in that critically important region.

The Long Road to Baghdad is essential reading, with sobering implications for understanding-and resolving-the present quagmire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595584762
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Beyond Baghdad: The Sacred Metaphor of "Making Progress" 9

2 Zbig at the Khyber Pass, or the Last Flight of the Persian Rug 32

3 The First Gulf War, in Which the Realists Make Their Last Stand 62

4 The End(s) of History, in Which the Theory and Practice Conflict 92

5 Axis of Evil, in Which the Nation's Enemies Are Revealed 116

6 Shock and Awe, in Which We Learn How Some Democracies Go to War 149

7 The Occupation, in Which We Learn What Followed Shock and Awe 177

8 The Dream Dies Hard, in Which the Administration Loses the Mandate of the People 213

9 What Lies Ahead, in Which the Meaning of the War Is Revealed 247

Notes 273

Index 297

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