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Aftermath : tarnished outcomes of American foreign policy /
John D. Montgomery.
imprint
Dover, Mass. : Auburn House, c1986.
description
xvii, 200 p.
ISBN
0865691266 :
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imprint
Dover, Mass. : Auburn House, c1986.
isbn
0865691266 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3253139
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-03:
Aftermath is in part a chronology of the post-WW II career of one of America's eminent experts on public policy. Montgomery (Harvard) provides a thoughtful volume on some of the US's major foreign policy failures since 1945, focusing on his consultant career and personal involvement. He concludes that Hiroshima, the Utah atomic tests, Mali Livestock II, and Vietnam all ended as debacles despite initial policy decisions for short-term objectives; the US failed to comprehend the longer-term complexities of its involvement in these events. Montgomery calls for a reduction of the military role in policy decisions and a greatly diminished role for the US in directing the world order. He eagerly anticipates another ``aftermath''-the period following the end of America's hegemony worldwide. This book, largely a memoir of a high-level functionary in the postwar years, provides a fascinating view of one man's diminished perspective of the US's capability to control international events despite preeminence in economics, science and technology, and military power capabilities. Recommended for libraries supporting graduate programs in international affairs and public policy.-P.B. Lane, North Texas State University
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'œMontgomery provides a thoughtful volume on some of the U.S.'s major foreign policy failures since 1945, focusing on his consultant career and personal involvement. . . . This book provides a fascinating view of one man's diminished perspective of the U.S.'s capability to control international events despite pre-eminence in economics, science and technology, and military power capabilities.'' Choice
'œUseful and important. . . . An ideal supplement to basic courses in political economy, public policy making, and undergraduate courses in foreign policy and developmental economics. It's perfectly written for a student audience.'' Robert B. Reich, Harvard University
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