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
     
 

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. Diplomatic historian Lloyd Gardner explains the Iraq War as the necessary outcome of a half-century of

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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. Diplomatic historian Lloyd Gardner explains the Iraq War as the necessary outcome of a half-century of doomed U.S. policies. The Long Road to Baghdad is essential reading, with sobering implications for a positive resolution of 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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