Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama

Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama

by Len Colodny
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0061688290
ISBN-13:
2900061688293
Pub. Date:
11/23/2010
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
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Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama

In this groundbreaking book, renowned investigative writers Len Colodny and Tom Shachtman chronicle the little-understood evolution of the neoconservative movement—from its birth as a rogue insurgency in the Nixon White House through its ascent to full and controversial control of America's foreign policy in the Bush years, to its repudiation with the election of Barack Obama in 2008. In eye-opening detail, The Forty Years War documents the neocons' four-decade campaign to seize the reins of American foreign policy: the undermining of Richard Nixon's outreach to the Communist bloc nations; the success at halting détente during the Ford and Carter years; the uneasy but effectual alliance with Ronald Reagan; and the determined, and ultimately successful, campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein—no matter the cost.

Drawing upon recently declassified documents, hundreds of hours of interviews, and long-obscured White House tapes, The Forty Years War delves into the political and intellectual development of some of the most fascinating political figures of the last four decades. It describes the complex, three-way relationship of Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Alexander Haig, and unravels the actions of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, and Paul Wolfowitz over the course of seven presidencies. And it reveals the role of the mysterious Pentagon official Fritz Kraemer, a monocle-wearing German expatriate whose unshakable faith in military power, distrust of diplomacy, moralistic faith in American goodness, and warnings against "provocative weakness" made him the hidden geopolitical godfather of the neocon movement. The authors' insights into Kraemer's influence on protégés such as Kissinger and Haig—and later on Rumsfeld and the neocons—will change the public understanding of the conduct of government in our time.

Both a work of courageous journalistic investigation and a revisionist history of U.S. foreign policy, The Forty Years War is a must-read for anyone interested in America's standing in the world—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900061688293
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Pages: 489

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Prologue: Is This the Beginning of the End of the Neocons? 1

Book 1 Opposing Nixon

Section I The Road to China

1 Nixon's Foreign Policy Dreams 13

2 The Anti-Nixon 23

3 Sending Signals 32

4 Young Men in a Hurry 48

5 "Actual or Feigned" 59

6 Cambodia and Echo 72

7 Crises Expose Fissures 84

8 Approaching the Zenith 96

Section II Undermining the Presidency

9 Making Allies into Enemies 107

10 "A Federal Offense of the Highest Order" 120

11 "Three out of Three, Mr. President" 132

12 A Meeting of Mind-Sets 146

13 Actions and Reactions 158

Section III The Haig Administration

14 Three Quick Strikes 175

15 Nullifying Nixon 193

16 Protecting the Flanks 210

17 Endgame 216

Book 2 The Triumph of the Neocons

Section IV The Post-Nixon Years

18 A Short Honeymoon 229

19 Yielding to the Right 249

20 Primary Battles 260

21 The Carter Interregnum 272

Section V The Reagan Evolution

22 Fits and Starts 293

23 The High Tide of Anti-Communism, and After 304

24 Not Going to Baghdad 326

25 The Post-Cold War Dilemma 345

Section VI Full Power

26 Neocons Versus Clinton 359

27 From Candidate to Bush 43 372

28 The Neocon Hour of Triumph 385

29 The Cheney Regency 406

30 Losing Power 417

Epilogue: Foreign Affairs and the Election of 2008 427

Acknowledgments 435

Notes and Bibliography 437

Index 469

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