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The shield and the cloak : the security of the commons /
Gary Hart.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
description
x, 194 p.
ISBN
0195306163 (cloth), 9780195306163 (cloth)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
isbn
0195306163 (cloth)
9780195306163 (cloth)
catalogue key
5831965
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gary Hart has taught at Yale, and lectured at the University of California and Oxford University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-03-15:
Hart (The Fourth Power) brings excellent credentials to the subject of security policy. Besides his recently earned doctorate in politics from Oxford, as senator he served on committees on intelligence and the armed forces during two terms (1975-87), and he cochaired the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century. The commission's early 2001 report has been an important source of Hart's criticism of the Bush administration's security policy. But this book's value lies in its stylistic clarity and conceptual breadth, qualities that make it a likely contender in forthcoming political debate. Hart's recommendations nicely balance the notion of security as an aggregate of domestic policies with specific recommendations to strengthen military, diplomatic, and intelligence capabilities. The notion of "civic membership" (i.e., the "cloak") as a security component as crucial as military policy ("the shield") complements Hart's insistence on public accountability. The argument that the United States must seek cooperative security over hegemony, or domination, in a global "commons" may strike readers as persuasive for nonstate threats such as al Qaeda rather than for threats from potential rivals, such as China. Nevertheless, this book is likely to get serious attention. Recommended for all public and academic libraries. [For a Q&A with Hart, see p. 84.-Ed.]-Zachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A comprehensive, clear-eyed polemic on how this nation--along with the rest of the world, not in spite of it--should provide security for its people. He makes a concise, articulate argument, minus the shrillness of much of today's discourse, that he believes it is imperative that we providethat security and that the manner in which the current crop of powers-that-be are going about it is wrongheaded."--The Denver Post
"... an accessible and stimulating read for those interested in national security, politics and terrorism." --Publishers Weekly
.,." an accessible and stimulating read for those interested in national security, politics and terrorism." --Publishers Weekly "A public intellectual of the first rank." --Des Moines Register "The Shield and the Cloak is about big ideas--and a reminder that they matter. Gary Hart was one of those rare politicians who believed deeply in ideas and ran for office on them. Looking ahead to this November and beyond to 2008, as both Democrats and Republicans try to articulate their policies for the post-Bush world, experts and common citizens alike would be well served to read this book closely and heed Hart's core message and his example."--The Washington Monthly "A comprehensive, clear-eyed polemic on how this nation--along with the rest of the world, not in spite of it--should provide security for its people. He makes a concise, articulate argument, minus the shrillness of much of today's discourse, that he believes it is imperative that we provide that security and that the manner in which the current crop of powers-that-be are going about it is wrongheaded."--The Denver Post "Hart brings excellent credentials to the subject of security policy. This book's value lies in its stylistic clarity and conceptual breadth, qualities that make it a likely contender in forthcoming political debate. Hart's recommendations nicely balance the notion of security as an aggregate of domestic policies with specific recommendations to strengthen military, diplomatic, and intelligence capabilities. This book is likely to get serious attention. Recommended for all public and academic libraries."--Library Journal "With the new threats of this new century, a fresh approach tosecurity is needed. In this book, Gary Hart provides one. Our great task is to understand the complexities of today's global chessboard and build a commonwealth for security that focuses on more than unilateral military action. Hart's book is crisp, well-informed, readable, and persuasive. All who care about the security of our nation, or our kids' nation, should read it."--Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute "No one seriously interested in the full spectrum of national security thinking can afford to miss this book. Hart saw the changing security environment before 9-11, and has thought as much about it since as anyone in the country. This book is his unique contribution."--Charles G. Boyd, General USAF (RET), Executive Director, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century "Three decades of intense study of America's national security are reflected in this thoughtful volume. Hart has always been an original thinker and his rejection of the dogmas of the past is both provocative and insightful. His proposals for a new view of security for our nation will hopefully garner the attention of those who are responsible for America's security."--Warren B. Rudman, U.S. Senator from N.H. (Rep.) "With The Shield and the Cloak, Gary Hart extends his decades-long record as a source of sensible and stimulating ideas about American security. The cliche that 'everything has changed' for the United States, now that its Cold War enemy has vanished and new threats have appeared, usually goes no farther than that slogan. But Gary Hart once again clarifies what a better strategy would look like, and how the United States could put it into effect."--JamesFallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
"... an accessible and stimulating read for those interested in national security, politics and terrorism." --Publishers Weekly "A public intellectual of the first rank." --Des Moines Register "The Shield and the Cloakis about big ideas--and a reminder that they matter. Gary Hart was one of those rare politicians who believed deeply in ideas and ran for office on them. Looking ahead to this November and beyond to 2008, as both Democrats and Republicans try to articulate their policies for the post-Bush world, experts and common citizens alike would be well served to read this book closely and heed Hart's core message and his example."--The Washington Monthly "A comprehensive, clear-eyed polemic on how this nation--along with the rest of the world, not in spite of it--should provide security for its people. He makes a concise, articulate argument, minus the shrillness of much of today's discourse, that he believes it is imperative that we provide that security and that the manner in which the current crop of powers-that-be are going about it is wrongheaded."--The Denver Post "Hart brings excellent credentials to the subject of security policy. This book's value lies in its stylistic clarity and conceptual breadth, qualities that make it a likely contender in forthcoming political debate. Hart's recommendations nicely balance the notion of security as an aggregate of domestic policies with specific recommendations to strengthen military, diplomatic, and intelligence capabilities. This book is likely to get serious attention. Recommended for all public and academic libraries."--Library Journal "With the new threats of this new century, a fresh approach to security is needed. In this book, Gary Hart provides one. Our great task is to understand the complexities of today's global chessboard and build a commonwealth for security that focuses on more than unilateral military action. Hart's book is crisp, well-informed, readable, and persuasive. All who care about the security of our nation, or our kids' nation, should read it."--Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute "No one seriously interested in the full spectrum of national security thinking can afford to miss this book. Hart saw the changing security environment before 9-11, and has thought as much about it since as anyone in the country. This book is his unique contribution."--Charles G. Boyd, General USAF (RET), Executive Director, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century "Three decades of intense study of America's national security are reflected in this thoughtful volume. Hart has always been an original thinker and his rejection of the dogmas of the past is both provocative and insightful. His proposals for a new view of security for our nation will hopefully garner the attention of those who are responsible for America's security."--Warren B. Rudman, U.S. Senator from N.H. (Rep.) "WithThe Shield and the Cloak, Gary Hart extends his decades-long record as a source of sensible and stimulating ideas about American security. The clich that 'everything has changed' for the United States, now that its Cold War enemy has vanished and new threats have appeared, usually goes no farther than that slogan. But Gary Hart once again clarifies what a better strategy would look like, and how the United States could put it into effect."--James Fallows, National Correspondent,The Atlantic
"A public intellectual of the first rank." --Des Moines Register
"Hart brings excellent credentials to the subject of security policy. This book's value lies in its stylistic clarity and conceptual breadth, qualities that make it a likely contender in forthcoming political debate. Hart's recommendations nicely balance the notion of security as an aggregateof domestic policies with specific recommendations to strengthen military, diplomatic, and intelligence capabilities. This book is likely to get serious attention. Recommended for all public and academic libraries."--Library Journal
"Must-reading not just for Democrats, but for any American who is struggling to make sense of today's global challenges, and what policies we need in order to meet them."--The Washington Monthly
"No one seriously interested in the full spectrum of national security thinking can afford to miss this book. Hart saw the changing security environment before 911, and has thought as much about it since as anyone in the country. This book is his unique contribution."--Charles G. Boyd, GeneralUSAF (RET), Executive Director, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century
"The Shield and the Cloak is about big ideas--and a reminder that they matter. Gary Hart was one of those rare politicians who believed deeply in ideas and ran for office on them. Looking ahead to this November and beyond to 2008, as both Democrats and Republicans try to articulate theirpolicies for the post-Bush world, experts and common citizens alike would be well served to read this book closely and heed Hart's core message and his example."--The Washington Monthly
"Three decades of intense study of America's national security arereflected in this thoughtful volume. Hart has always been an original thinkerand his rejection of the dogmas of the past is both provocative and insightful.His proposals for a new view of security for our nation will hopefully garnerthe attention of those who are responsible for America's security."--Warren B.Rudman, U.S. Senator from N.H. (Rep.)
"Three decades of intense study of America's national security are reflected in this thoughtful volume. Hart has always been an original thinker and his rejection of the dogmas of the past is both provocative and insightful. His proposals for a new view of security for our nation willhopefully garner the attention of those who are responsible for America's security."--Warren B. Rudman, U.S. Senator from N.H. (Rep.)
"With the new threats of this new century, a fresh approach to security isneeded. In this book, Gary Hart provides one. Our great task is to understandthe complexities of today's global chessboard and build a commonwealth forsecurity that focuses on more than unilateral military action. Hart's book iscrisp, well-informed, readable, and persuasive. All who care about the securityof our nation, or our kids' nation, should read it."-- Walter Isaacson,President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
"With the new threats of this new century, a fresh approach to security is needed. In this book, Gary Hart provides one. Our great task is to understand the complexities of today's global chessboard and build a commonwealth for security that focuses on more than unilateral military action.Hart's book is crisp, well-informed, readable, and persuasive. All who care about the security of our nation, or our kids' nation, should read it."--Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
"With The Shield and the Cloak, Gary Hart extends his decades-long record as a source of sensible and stimulating ideas about American security. The cliche that 'everything has changed' for the United States, now that its Cold War enemy has vanished and new threats have appeared, usually goesno farther than that slogan. But Gary Hart once again clarifies what a better strategy would look like, and how the United States could put it into effect."--James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
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Washington Post, March 2006
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Hart outlines, in clear, simple prose, the fundamental changes with which America must grapple when confronting a terrorist threat that has no state and no geographic homebase and thus offers no genuine target for the world's largest and most sophisticated military force.
Main Description
Gary Hart has long been one of the nation's foremost experts on national security, combining a deep knowledge of national security policy with first-hand experience of the political realities that influence how America safeguards itself and its interests. In his new book, Hart outlines, inclear, simple prose, the fundamental changes with which America must grapple when confronting a terrorist threat that has no state and no geographic homebase and thus offers no genuine target for the world's largest and most sophisticated military force. Hart argues for a security of the commons,emphasizing that the new security will require a shield for the homeland as well as a cloak of non-military security, including security of income, community, environment, and energy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The New Three Dimensional Chess Game
A Student of Security
The Transformation of Security
Threats and Opportunities: Opportunities Used to Reduce Threats
Applying Our Powers to the Purpose of Security
The Security of the Commons
Conclusion: Security's Web
Index
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