War on Peace

War on Peace

The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

eBook - 2018
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The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex.
"A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America's place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America's deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth--Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them--acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers--including every living secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson--[this book] makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice--but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393652116
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxiii, 392 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.


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Feb 01, 2020

The writing ability in this book is what won me over. Not many people can write this well. Plus he made some of it sound funny, in an "oh sh*t, what's gonna happen next" kind of way. I kept reminding myself this was NONFICTION as the narrative traveled to the different parts of the world. I think the writer has a deeper level of insight into the problems of the USA losing it diplomacy powers than your average journalist. I appreciate that he shared his first hand knowledge and experiences with us and also his access to other people who were out in the field and saw with their own eyes the effects of the loss of diplomacy. It was frankly scary to see what has been going on since 2001 between ALL of the Presidential Administrations and the State Department. I'm wondering how do we move forward now, without these endless wars, if we have no diplomatic relationships to fall back on?

Nov 04, 2019

First book by journalist Ronan Farrow, who is best known for his #MeToo work. This book is not about that but about U.S. foreign policy and the uses of diplomacy. Farrow interviews all the living Secretaries of State including Hilary Clinton, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. A timely book for anyone concerned about how we influence the world in the Trump era. His new book is called "Catch and Kill."
PS-Those who suspect that Farrow may be Frank Sinatra's son will appreciate the reference to Gay Talese's famous article.

Jul 13, 2018

WAR ON PEACE covers a lot of ground. It could be a challenge for some to move through all of the moving parts associated with diplomacy. It isn't until the end that Farrow makes a case for diplomacy.

While not for everyone, I think that this should be on the reading list for anyone (or his/her handler, campaign manager) who aspires to be president.

Jun 09, 2018

A very interesting and thought-provoking presentation on the importance of diplomacy and the slow break-down of the State Dept. by several administrations. It cannot all be blamed on Trump. Even Colin Powell talked about the position of the dept. and policy being decided by the VP and the DOD. Military solutions MUST be the very last resort. Diplomacy is less expensive in money and lives than war. But there is a strong feeling among many of our leaders that it is acceptable to have the military make policy. That is not their strong area which is probably why our Constitution had a civilian be the Commander-in-chief. This book is not light reading but patriotic citizens should read it.


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Feb 01, 2020

.... I stood in General Dostum’s court, and stared at his reindeer, and tried not to act surprised. The reindeer seemed confused as to why he was there, and I must have seemed confused as to why the reindeer was there. But there he was.... I stepped out of the way to avoid getting impaled by an antler. .... Dostum indicated the reindeer with both hands, like Vanna White presenting a Wheel of Fortune prize. He beamed at the deer and then at me—a magnanimous smile that said “see, I brought a reindeer,” as if this was the most normal way in the world to arrive at an interview. I pursed my lips for a moment. He was waiting for a response. “That’s a beautiful animal, General,” I said. You choose your words carefully in the courts of warlords, especially when they’re flanked by men with M4 carbines slung across their chests. Plus, the antlers.

Feb 01, 2020

That night in 2016, we were in the Vice Presidential Palace in Kabul, which was like a cross between a James Bond villain’s lair and Liberace’s dressing room.


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