A Council on Foreign Relations book
"An indispensable history to the decade preceding 9/11. You can't understand today's American crisis without understanding how we got there. This book tells us, loudly and compellingly."—Richard Holbrooke
When the Berlin Wall collapsed on November 9, 1989— signaling the end of the Cold War—America and the West declared victory: Democracy and free markets had prevailed and the United States emerged as the world's triumphant superpower. The finger-on-the-button tension that had defined a generation was over, and it seemed that peace was at hand.
The next twelve years rolled by in a haze of self-congratulation— what some now call a "holiday from history. "When that complacency shattered on September 11, 2001, setting the U.S. on a new and contentious path, confused Americans asked themselves: How did we get here?
In America Between The Wars, Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier examine how the decisions and debates of the years between the fall of the Wall on 11/9 and the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 shaped the events, arguments, and politics of the world we live in today. Reflecting the authors' deep expertise and broad access to key players across the political spectrum, this book tells the story of a generation of leaders grappling with a moment of dramatic transformation—changing how we should think about the recent past, and uncovering important lessons for the future.
Derek Chollet is an analyst and commentator on American foreign policy and politics at a leading Washington think tank, the Center for a New American Security. He has held positions as assistant, to James A. Baker III, secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush; and chief national security adviser to Democratic North Carolina Senator John Edwards. He is the author of The Road to the Dayton Accords: A Study of American Statecraft.
James Goldgeier is a professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has held appointments at Stanford and Cornell Universities, the National Security Council, the Brookings Institution, the Library of Congress and the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has written three previous books on foreign policy and has published widely in newspapers and magazines.
Pub date: 06/01/09
Price: $118.99/22.00 Canada
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Pub history: 978-1-58648-496-5