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Battlegrounds : the fight to defend the free world

Author: H R McMaster
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent, and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence. Meanwhile threats to security, freedom, and prosperity, such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism have grown. In BATTLEGROUNDS, H.R. McMaster describes efforts to
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
History
Named Person: H R McMaster
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H R McMaster
ISBN: 9780062899460 0062899465
OCLC Number: 1195553199
Description: viii, 545 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Russia. Fear, honor, and ambition: Mr. Putin's campaign to kill the West's cow ; Parrying Putin's playbook --
China. An obsession with control: the Chinese Communist Party's threat to freedom and security ; Turning weakness into strength --
South Asia. A one-year war twenty times over: America's South Asian fantasy ; Fighting for peace --
Middle East. Who thought it would be easy? From optimism to resignation in the Middle East ; Breaking the cycle --
Iran. A bad deal: Iran's forty-year proxy wars and the failure of conciliation ; Forcing a choice --
North Korea. The definition of insanity ; Making him safer without them --
Arenas. Entering the arena --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: H. R. McMaster.

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"Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent, and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence. Meanwhile threats to security, freedom, and prosperity, such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism have grown. In BATTLEGROUNDS, H.R. McMaster describes efforts to reassess and fundamentally shift policies while he was National Security Advisor. And he provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions against our adversaries. BATTLEGROUNDS is a groundbreaking reassessment of America's place in the world, drawing from McMaster's long engagement with these issues, including 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas and his 13 months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House. It is also a powerful call for Americans and citizens of the free world to transcend the vitriol of partisan political discourse, better educate themselves about the most significant challenges to national and international security and work together to secure peace and prosperity for future generations."--Amazon.com.

"Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent, and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence. Meanwhile threats to security, freedom, and prosperity, such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism have grown. ... A central theme of the book is what [McMaster] calls "Strategic Narcissism" -a mind-set that all too often leads presidents and their advisors to craft policies based on wishful thinking and to define problems as one may like them to be rather than to understand them on their own terms. ... [Thee book] examines competitions with rivals Russia and China, hostile states Iran and North Korea, and across complex battlegrounds in South Asia and the Middle East. The book also describes new arenas of competition---in space, cyberspace, and those associated with emerging technologies. ... He describes efforts to reassess and fundamentally shift policies while he was National Security Advisor. And he provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions with authoritarian powers, transnational terrorist organizations,and hostile states. ... to deploy Strategic Empathy to view competitions form the perspective of t"he other." [He] draw[s] from thirty-four years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas and his thirteen months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House. "--

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