Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Zbigniew Brzezinski’s multifaceted career dealing with U.S. security and foreign policy has led him from the halls of academia to multiple terms in public service, including a stint as President Carter’s National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. He is a renowned policy analyst and author who frequently appears as a commentator on popular talk shows, including MSNBC's Morning Joe and PBS's NewsHour. Brzezinski’s strategic vision continues to carry a great deal of gravitas. This analysis of Brzezinski’s ...

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Overview

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s multifaceted career dealing with U.S. security and foreign policy has led him from the halls of academia to multiple terms in public service, including a stint as President Carter’s National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. He is a renowned policy analyst and author who frequently appears as a commentator on popular talk shows, including MSNBC's Morning Joe and PBS's NewsHour. Brzezinski’s strategic vision continues to carry a great deal of gravitas. This analysis of Brzezinski’s statecraft will be of interest not only to the general public but also to students as well as policy makers in the United States and throughout the world.

To assess the ramifications of Brzezinski’s engagement in world politics and policy making, Charles Gati has enlisted many of the top foreign policy players of the past thirty years to reflect on and analyze the man and his work. A senior scholar in Eastern European and Russian studies, Gati observed firsthand much of the history and politics surrounding Brzezinski’s career. His vibrant introduction and concluding one-on-one interview with Brzezinski lucidly frame the book's critical assessment of this major statesman’s accomplishments.

Contributors

Justin Vaïsse, David C. Engerman, Mark Kramer, David Rothkopf, Warren I. Cohen and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Robert A. Pastor, William B. Quandt, Robert Hunter, James Thomson, Patrick Vaughan, Marin Strmecki, James Mann, David Ignatius, Adam Garfinkle, Stephen F. Szabo, Francis Fukuyama, Charles Gati

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Journal of Books - Karl Wolff

Zbig is an informative and challenging introduction to Zbigniew Brzezinski... For armchair enthusiasts and those struggling to unravel the complicated issues of international affairs and foreign policy, Zbig is a good place to start.

Campaign for the American Reader - Ray Taras

This biography tells us a lot not just about Zbig but about America’s own checkered history in Brzezinski’s lifetime.

New Eastern Europe - Filip Mazurczak

A highly readable volume of reflections on the legendary Cole Warrior by academics, journalists and Brzezinski's colleagues that nonetheless avoids the dryness of a classical academic tract... A welcome addition to the field of political science, simultaneously being a portrait of a complex, intellectually rigorous, and self-confident Polish-American academic and national security advisor in the Carter administration, as well as a reflection upon American foreign policy in the post-war era.

International Affairs - Vladimir Tismaneanu

Captures his extraordinary insights into international politics as well as his commitment to a morally inspired political realism. It will be read with great satisfaction... The editor and the contributors ought to be commended for their superb accomplishment.

Library Journal
10/01/2013
Zbigniew Brzezinski is best known for his service as President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser over 30 years ago. Yet he continues to be a force today, advising President Obama's administration and serving on various boards as well as being an Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Known for his fearlessness in interpersonal confrontation, "Zbig" has had a strong hand in foreign policy matters especially regarding China, Iran, and Russia, often going against the mind-set of those in his own Democratic party (e.g., Cyrus Vance, President Carter's secretary of state). The 17 contributing essayists here include Warren I. Cohen (history, emeritus, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore) and the late Nancy Bernkopf Tucker (formerly, Sch. of Foreign Svc., Georgetown Univ.), East Asia specialists who criticize Zbig for his disregard of human rights issues in China. On the other hand, contributors who are former National Security Council staffers tend simply to offer praise of their former boss. Editor Gati (senior fellow, Foreign Policy Inst.) ends the book with his own interview of his subject. VERDICT This set of new pieces will fill a gap in material on Brzezinski in serious political science collections.—Krista Bush, Shelton, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421409764
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 286,609
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Gati is a senior fellow in The Foreign Policy Institute and a professorial lecturer of Russian and Eurasian Studies at The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His books include Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt and The Bloc That Failed: Soviet–East European Relations in Transition.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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