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America at the brink of empire : Rusk, Kissinger, and the Vietnam War

Author: Lawrence W Serewicz
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2007.
Series: Political traditions in foreign policy series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Of continuing if not heightened relevance to contemporary debate, America at the Brink of Empire explores the foreign-policy leadership of Dean Rusk and Henry Kissinger regarding the extent of the United States' mission to insure a world order. Lawrence Serewicz argues that in the Vietnam conflict, the United States experienced an identity crisis - a Machiavellian moment, as conceived by J.G.A. Pocock - whereby  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Cas, Études de
Named Person: Dean Rusk; Henry Kissinger; Dean Rusk; Henry Kissinger; Henry Kissinger; Dean Rusk; Henry Kissinger; Dean Rusk
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence W Serewicz
ISBN: 0807131792 9780807131794
OCLC Number: 65644274
Description: x, 233 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : republic or empire? --
Dean Rusk : pacta sunt servanda --
Lyndon Johnson's flawed statesmanship and the near Machiavellian moment in American foreign policy --
Henry Kissinger : Machiavelli's advisor --
Rusk and Kissinger : the high priest of principle and the dark prince of power --
Rusk or Kissinger : can America be reconciled to the world? --
Applying the Machiavellian moment to the presidency of George W. Bush.
Series Title: Political traditions in foreign policy series.
Responsibility: Lawrence W. Serewicz.
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"Of continuing if not heightened relevance to contemporary debate, America at the Brink of Empire explores the foreign-policy leadership of Dean Rusk and Henry Kissinger regarding the extent of the United States' mission to insure a world order. Lawrence Serewicz argues that in the Vietnam conflict, the United States experienced an identity crisis - a Machiavellian moment, as conceived by J.G.A. Pocock - whereby America's world order role, an assumed imperial role, stretched the country to the limits of its identity as a republic. Serewicz offers a revealing look at the parts played by Rusk, President Lyndon Johnson, and Kissinger in bringing the nation to, and averting it from, the brink of empire in the years 1963 75." "Serewicz reflects on the continuing relevance of the Machiavellian moment for the United States by observing the differences and similarities between the presidencies of Johnson and George W. Bush. America at the Brink of Empire illuminates the far-reaching consequences of Rusk's and Kissinger's widely divergent foreign-policy philosophies and outlines the tension that a statesman must reconcile between a republican government and the maintenance of a stable world order."--Jacket.

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Interesting way to use past to look at present

by samgreen (WorldCat user published 2007-07-17) Very Good Permalink
The author does an interesting job of presenting the Vietnam War as an identity crisis, which makes us think about what is happening in Iraq circa 2005. By comparing and contrasting Rusk and Kissinger, which has never been done before, the work makes an interesting contribution to the literature. I...
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