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America at century's end /
James Schlesinger.
New York : Columbia University Press, c1989.
ix, 113 p.
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New York : Columbia University Press, c1989.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
"Radner lectures"--P. v-vi.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1989-04-28:
Ex-CIA director and former Secretary of Defense and of Energy, Schlesinger gives a bland performance in this 88-page volume, a set of three lectures delivered in 1988 at Columbia University. Analyzing the American character, he finds us to be a feisty, excitable people with a disregard for authority; extrapolating from this profile, he then considers U.S. foreign and domestic policies. As a superpower, he charges, America is too soft-hearted and lacks steadiness of purpose. The moral he draws from the Iranian arms-for-hostages scandal is that ``in our society covert operations will be accepted only if they are in support of openly declared policy goals.'' He offers sketchy guidelines as to how future covert operations might be conducted. Elsewhere he addresses TV's role in shaping public opinion, the carnival atmosphere of presidential elections, U.S. military failure in Vietnam, the appeal (to some) of Reagan's Star Wars and the public's alleged complacency concerning energy sources. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 1989-05-15:
This slim text presents three lectures on U.S. foreign policy given by Schlesinger at Columbia University in March 1988. He examines the social, cultural, and geographical conditions which contributed to the unique shape of U.S. foreign policy; explores its style, based on moralism and freedom of choice; and argues that U.S. policy results directly from the short attention span, public opinion pressures, and disrespect for authority endemic to our domestic politics. With a quarter-century of public service, including stints as Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Defense, and CIA director, Schlesinger is eminently qualified as a commentator. His observations are sometimes insightful, but there is little new in these somewhat unfocused addresses. Not an essential purchase.--James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Lively, graceful, and often witty, this narrative provides an interesting personal perspective on recent events in American political history. Schlesinger assesses the present state of America's domestic and foreign policy, the relationship between the President and the Congress, the role of television in recent political campaigns, and the American voter's view of politics and politicians.

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