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“Barack Obama, for one, should put it on his reading list.” —The Financial Times

“ astute and highly informed book...” —The New York Times

“...a wonderfully illuminating and timely expose... America Between the Wars is a work you should have on your desk this summer.” —Charleston Post and Courier

“Provocative... A careful explication of why things are as they are, with all those old arguments continuing to sizzle and pop-suggestive and highly useful for those seeking to reshape policy in the near term.” —Kirkus Reviews

“...splendidly illuminating... This book will become the standard account of U.S. foreign policy in the first decade after the Cold War.” —Foreign Affairs

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Feb 18th - James Goldgeier talks to Milt Rosenberg on Chicago's WGN 720 about ABTW [MP3, 12.1MB]

Slate picks ABTW as one of its best books of 2008!

Book covered in The Daily Colonial

H-diplo Roundtable on ABTW [PDF, 389KB]

Derek and James discuss how the legacy of the 1990s is alive and well in the 2008 presidential campaign, and is vital to understanding what is likely to persist in whatever presidential administration we have next on NPR West September 24th [MP3, 35MB].

9/10/08 Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff mentions ABTW in his 9/11 speech...

Take a look at Derek and James' posts @ Big Think.

ABTW in the news >

“The history of diplomacy and international affairs are inseparable from the history of politics; but it is extremely difficult to do them all justice in a single book. Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier not only succeed, they succeed in style—and they provide a persuasive and entirely original way of understanding America’s role in global affairs during a pivotal dozen years.” —Sean Wilentz, professor of history at Princeton University and author of The Age of Reagan

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Host Harry Kreisler of UC Berkeley welcomes Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier on September 25 for a discussion of U.S.foreign policy from the fall of the Berlin Wall until the attack on 9/11.

Conversations With History - Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier

Derek Chollet is interviewed August 16, 2008 by Robert Satloff on Alhurra's Inside Washington. Part I.

Derek Chollet on Alhurra Part I

Derek Chollet is interviewed August 16, 2008 by Robert Satloff on Alhurra's Inside Washington. Part II.

Derek Chollet on Alhurra Part II

Derek and James appear on Bloomberg's Night Talk July 28th with host Mike Schneider. Part I.

Derek and James appear on Bloomberg

Derek and James appear on Bloomberg's Night Talk July 28th with host Mike Schneider. Part II.

Derek and James appear on Bloomberg

Derek and James appear on Bloomberg's Night Talk July 28th with host Mike Schneider. Part III.

Derek and James appear on Bloomberg

Reading Between The Wars - Derek Chollet argues that what came after 9/11 was very much defined by what came before it. Posted June 13 @ >

Derek Chollet on Reuters

Derek Chollet, at Center for a New American Security's Second Annual Conference on June 13th, discusses ABTW. full video @ >

Derek Chollet at the CNAS Second Annual Conference

Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier discuss their book at NDN's March 12th Forum.

Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier on Foreign Policy


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The end of an era: U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sign an agreement during their final Washington summit in 1990. For decades, superpower summits had been defining moments. A year and a half later, the Soviet Union was gone. June 8, 1991: General Norman Schwarzkopf salutes George H. W. Bush at the Gulf War victory parade. Hundreds of thousands of people jammed Washington’s streets to celebrate the returning troops and, Bush hoped, a new world order. After his November 1992 election defeat, President George H. W. Bush plans for military intervention in Somalia with his top aides, including, from left, National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Vice President Dan Quayle, and General Colin Powell. By the time Bush left office, over 20,000 U.S. troops would be on the ground pursuing a humanitarian mission his successor would inherit. President Bill Clinton agonizes over a decision with Defense Secretary Les Aspin and Secretary of State Warren Christopher. During the 1992 presidential campaign Clinton’s mantra had been “it’s the economy, stupid,” but once in office he had to deal with a series of foreign policy problems that engulfed the first year of his presidency. March 12, 1993: President Clinton addresses the sailors and pilots of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Clinton’s first visit to a warship at sea was dominated by media accounts of his troubles as commander-in-chief-whether because of his lack of experience or uproar over his policy toward gays in the military-embedding a perception of presidential weakness. After the Gulf War, the U.S. continued to use its military power to punish Saddam Hussein. On June 26, 1993, Clinton ordered missile strikes against Iraq in retaliation for its attempt to assassinate George H. W. Bush. Here the president prepares to announce his decision to the nation, while his political adviser George Stephanopoulos looks on. The first crisis of the twenty-first century. President Clinton and his advisers meet with top Congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the controversial proposal to help stabilize Mexico’s economy with billions of U.S. dollars. From left, Warren Christopher, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Clinton, Senate Republican Leader Robert Dole, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, and his deputy Larry Summers. Foreground from left, House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, Vice President Al Gore, and Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Bill Clinton and Al Gore waged fierce battles with the Republicans over foreign policy, but often found common ground with their two principal political adversaries, Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich. Here the four seal an agreement in the Oval Office. President Clinton meets with American troops in Bosnia implementing the Dayton peace agreement. Despite his early stumbles, Clinton’s interventions in the Balkans helped instill confidence about his leadership and strengthen relations with the military. Yet critics decried such policies as “social work.” After his 1997 election, British Prime Minister Tony Blair became President Clinton’s closest international ally-some in Britain were already calling him America’s “poodle.” Shown here in the oval office, the two leaders advocated for using force in the Balkans, punishing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, and working to revitalize progressive governance with a global “Third Way.” In December 1998, the U.S. conducted four days of airstrikes against Iraq in Operation Desert Fox. Announcing the end of the campaign, Clinton and his national security team explained the ongoing threat from Iraq. “So long as Saddam remains in power he will remain a threat to his people, the region, and the world,” Clinton said. From left, Chief of Staff John Podesta, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Al Gore, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Joint Chiefs Chairman Hugh Shelton, and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. Just three months after the attacks on Iraq, the U.S. and its NATO allies launch a massive air campaign to end Slobodan Milosevic’s repression in Kosovo. As Clinton and his top aides discussed military strategy in the Oval Office, concerns about America’s “hyperpower” grew abroad. President-elect George W. Bush and outgoing President Clinton share a light moment during their December 2000 meeting in the Oval Office. They discussed a range of foreign policy issues. “One of the great regrets of my presidency is that I didn’t get him [Osama bin Laden] for you, because I tried,” Clinton told Bush. Barnes & Noble Powell's Books Books-A-Million