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Deceit on the Road to War
Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy
In Deceit on the Road to War, John M. Schuessler examines how U.S. presidents have deceived the American public about fundamental decisions of war and peace. Deception has been deliberate, he suggests, as presidents have sought to shift blame for war onto others in some cases and oversell its benefits in...
The Dictator's Army
Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes
A compelling new argument to help us understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well—and sometimes very poorly. Talmadge's framework for understanding battlefield effectiveness focuses on four key sets of military organizational...
Dictators at War and Peace
The first book to focus systematically on the foreign policy of different types of authoritarian regimes, Dictators at War and Peace breaks new ground in our understanding of the international behavior of...
Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East
Brian C. Rathbun sets forth a comprehensive theory of diplomacy, based on his understanding that political leaders have distinct diplomatic styles: coercive bargaining, reasoned dialogue, and pragmatic...
The Politics of War in the Early American Republic
Between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, the United States was embroiled in competitive inter-state politics. Although it did not directly involve itself in European affairs, the United States did engage regularly in dangerous struggles with...
The Ethics of Destruction
Norms and Force in International Relations
Many assume that in international politics, and especially in war, "anything goes." Civil War general William Sherman said war "is all hell." The implication behind the maxim is that in war, as in hell, there is no order, only chaos; no mercy, only...
Power Politics and the Making of the European Community
A balance-of-power perspective on the formation, development, and future of the EC/EU.
Exporting the Bomb
Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
In a vitally important book for anyone interested in nuclear proliferation, defense strategy, or international security, Matthew Kroenig points out that nearly every country with a nuclear weapons arsenal received substantial help at some point from a...
Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers
Innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917–1945
Johnson examines the U.S. Army's innovations for both armor and aviation between the world wars, offering valuable insights for future military innovation.
Fighting for Rights
Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship
Military service, Ronald R. Krebs argues, can play a critical role in bolstering minorities' efforts to grasp full and unfettered rights.