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Don't Wait for the Next War: Rethinking America's Global Mission

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“Intellectuals often underestimate books like this. Mr. Clark isn’t a thumb-sucking pundit: He is an extremely ambitious, sharp-elbowed man who has a passionately felt vision for the American future that he aches to put into practice.”—Wall Street Journal

“For the most part, the author is an upbeat advocate and writer, bringing his can-do military attitude to a set of problems away from the battlefield. Clark is forceful and confident in tone, but he also wisely acknowledges that he has relied on many ...

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Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

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Overview


“Intellectuals often underestimate books like this. Mr. Clark isn’t a thumb-sucking pundit: He is an extremely ambitious, sharp-elbowed man who has a passionately felt vision for the American future that he aches to put into practice.”—Wall Street Journal

“For the most part, the author is an upbeat advocate and writer, bringing his can-do military attitude to a set of problems away from the battlefield. Clark is forceful and confident in tone, but he also wisely acknowledges that he has relied on many advisers—after all, he notes, military leadership does not always translate well into running civilian governments, nor does it necessarily equate to effective diplomacy and economics. A clearly written prescription to help Americans alleviate their nation's malaise.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An exuberant vision for American global leadership that would deemphasize, without diminishing, American military preeminence in favor of an economic-muscle approach that leverages American energy resources.”—Booklist

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“The issues Clark raises are ones that every concerned (and voting) American ought to consider as we enter the next election cycle…The author writes clearly and keeps “policy wonk” language to a minimum.” Library Journal

“While Gen. Clark is perhaps best known for his 2004 presidential campaign on the Democratic ticket, his ideal national strategy has significant bipartisan appeal...This book is about much more than foreign or public policy. Gen. Clark tells fascinating tales about meetings with prominent officials from all over the world that offer insight into the strategic goals of other countries...The publishers of "Next War" could not have timed its release any better...You may not agree with Gen. Clark's strategies, but at least he is trying to elevate the national conversation with his fantastic new book.” Seeking Alpha

“The author is an upbeat advocate and writer, bringing his can-do military attitude to a set of problems away from the battlefield. Clark is forceful and confident in tone, but he also wisely acknowledges that he has relied on many advisers.... A clearly written prescription to help Americans alleviate their nation's malaise.” Kirkus Reviews

“An exuberant vision for American global leadership that would deemphasize, without diminishing, American military preeminence in favor of an economic-muscle approach that leverages American energy resources.” Booklist

“A catalyst for serious debate.” Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-30
A retired four-star U.S. Army general and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe offers a manifesto for how his beloved nation can remain a world superpower without necessarily invading other nations.Clark (Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire, 2003, etc.) is a global thinker about matters both military and civilian. In what sometimes comes across as a position paper for a presidential candidate, the author addresses how the United States can find its proper place in the global order before the next war limits the available options. "Today, the United States stands at a fateful crossroads," writes the author. "After two decades as the world's undisputed superpower, we are facing new realities at home and abroad, and it is time to rethink our role and set new objectives and priorities." Clark examines a wide variety of issues, including constructive ways to combat the disruptions caused by terrorism; the importance of dependable cybersecurity so that governments working to better the lot of their citizens cannot be thwarted by hackers; how to shore up a fragile American financial system so that another massive economic collapse does not occur; the necessity of fully understanding the rise of Chinese military and economic power; and how to halt or at least slow down climate change. For the most part, the author is an upbeat advocate and writer, bringing his can-do military attitude to a set of problems away from the battlefield. Clark is forceful and confident in tone, but he also wisely acknowledges that he has relied on many advisers—after all, he notes, military leadership does not always translate well into running civilian governments, nor does it necessarily equate to effective diplomacy and economics.A clearly written prescription to help Americans alleviate their nation's malaise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610394338
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 110,229
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark is a distinguished fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, where he led NAT O forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, the war in Kosovo. He is chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting ?rm, and is the author of Winning Modern Wars, Waging Modern War, and A Time to Lead. He serves as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board, and is the recipient of many awards, including the Purple Heart and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    A must read for economic and energy security

    A very succinct presentation on why the United States needs to develop a comprehensive energy policy that drives both national security and economic stability for the future of our country.

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