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The star-spangled mirror : America's image of itself and the world /
Richard J. Kerry.
imprint
Savage, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c1990.
description
xi, 163 p.
ISBN
0847676498 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Savage, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c1990.
isbn
0847676498 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
1307892
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard J. Kerry's (1915-2000) career in the State Department and Foreign Service included service as executive assistant to Senator Walter F. George and special advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on NATO and bipartisan foreign policy
Reviews
Review Quotes
Although the book was written before the Cold War was clearly over, the nation's behavior in the Gulf War indicates that the message still has some validity.
A subtle and perceptive essay that shows how American beliefs and political culture have shaped American foreign policy, often distorted our statemen's understanding of reality, and led to an exaggerated view of America's ability to transform the world.
Raises fundamental questions about the liabilities of our national political culture for the practice of a reasonable long-term foreign policy.
Richard Kerry shows not only great sensitivity to political issues, but also to the psychological factors that shape American thinking about foreign policy.
So much of [Senator John Kerry "s] foreign policy worldview comes straight from Richard Kerry.
So much of [Senator John Kerry's] foreign policy worldview comes straight from Richard Kerry.
This is a clear and well-written plea to America's leaders to abandon illusions of the past and define our national purpose in the world realistically.
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Summaries
Long Description
The Star-Spangled Mirror captures the dilemma of America's continuing reliance on an enduring fallacy of foreign policy-the assumption that other people ought to share our view of world order. Dr. Richard Kerry argues that from the time of Woodrow Wilson's aim to organize the world order in accordance with assumptions of democratic universalism, this vision of the world has remained central to U.S. foreign policy. The Star-Spangled Mirror will be considered an important addition to the history of American foreign policy and as required reading for current and future policy makers.
Main Description
The Star-Spangled Mirror captures the dilemma of America's continuing reliance on an enduring fallacy of foreign policy-the assumption that other people ought to share our view of world order. Dr. Richard Kerry argues that from the time of Woodrow Wilson's aim to organize the world order in accordance with assumptions of democratic universalism, this vision of the world has remained central to U.S. foreign policy. This book will be considered an important addition to the history of American foreign policy and as required reading for current and future policy makers.
Main Description
Written by the candidate's late father Richard J. Kerry and updated with a foreword by John Kerry's biographer and an afterword by an Associate Editor at The New Republic, the book is a unique look at the political thought of John Kerry's key influence.
Unpaid Annotation
"[Being a son of a foreign service officer] gave me a great sense of being able to look at other countries not just through our eyes but through their eyes, and that's, I think, an important asset. -- Senator John F. Kerry, as quoted by New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd The Star-Spangled Mirror captures the dilemma of America's continuing reliance on an enduring fallacy of foreign policy-the assumption that other people ought to share our view of world order. Dr. Richard Kerry argues that from the time of Woodrow Wilson's aim to organize the world order in accordance with assumptions of democratic universalism, this vision of the world has remained central to U.S. foreign policy. The Star-Spangled Mirror will be considered an important addition to the history of American foreign policy and as required reading for current and future policy makers."
Table of Contents
Foreword to 2004 Editionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
An Overview of Patterns of Policyp. 1
Strategy and Policy in Two World Warsp. 9
The Cold War Beginsp. 17
Defense Mechanisms of Illusionsp. 25
Vietnam: Reactions to the Friction of Realityp. 35
American Cold-War Assumptions Reexaminedp. 57
The Isolation of the American View of the Cold Warp. 73
American Political Beliefp. 87
In the Light of Right-Wing Clarityp. 101
The Need for a Sustainable National Purposep. 119
America's Eighteenth-Century Political Languagep. 133
Up Against the Limits of Changep. 141
A Note on the Background and Meanings of Limited Warp. 151
A Note on the U.S. Presence in Central Americap. 155
Select Bibliographyp. 161
About the Authorp. 164
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