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Senator J. William Fulbright discusses the arrogance of power.
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Senator J. William Fulbright discusses the arrogance of power.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812992625
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/23/1967
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 965,673
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Highly recommend this book.

    You could substitute "Iraq" for "Vietnam" and the book could have been written just a few years ago. A good read and well worth the time to reflect on today's politicians and goverment. Some things don't change.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    A world view predicated on seeking American contentment and world peace.

    This book is an outstanding treatise on our nation's foreign policy durinig the turbulent 1960's era. The author addresses how the politics and ideology of the foreign policy decision makers of a national super power affect the policy outcome in ways that may and ofter do result the opposite reality than that intended by the original policy goal. He shows how this is usually the unintended consequence when policy makers, with noble intentions, equate and juxtapose military might with moral righteousness.

    The author makes the case that the early cold war model of a monolithic communist threat to the West is not a satisfactory model to address the rising nationalistic aspirations of third world countries in the post WWII period. When such nationalism coincides with communism within the same political movement, our fear of the latter, reinforced by McCarthyism experiences, often leads to our suppression of genuine national revolutions. The nationalist aspirations of Ho Chi Minh appeared before the World Council in 1919 but never rose above the noise level for reasons that included, among other things, the arrogance of power.

    An example of the author's thought provoking analysis is seen by one of his key questions, which I paraphrase: "How is the Vietnam civil war and different from our own civil war? What is North Vietnam doing that is different from what the American North did to the American South...with results that few of my fellow Southerners now regret?"

    Although this book was written against the backdrop of Vietnam (copyright 1966), the author's views are almost prescient. We saw his concerns play out in the latter part of the Vietnam war in 1968-1975, we saw it in the Central America war in El Salvador, we saw it in the aftermath of "Charlie Wilson's War" when Russia was finally driven out of Afghanistan, and we saw it in the run-up to and early execution of the current Iraq War.

    This book is of great hsitorical value. It should be required reading for all college students at the freshman or sophormore levels. It should help equip them to deal with a complex and often hostile world. This book will help young people understand the proper role of debate and dissent in our society. Furthermore, it will help them understand that these activities are uniquely a part of the American value system and should not be construed as unpatriotic.

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