Friday, May 10, 2013

The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

Cogent. Obfuscation can often be the preferred communication style of professionals involved in foreign relations. Coded language conveys messages to narrow targeted audiences, while most listeners hear little that could be called cogent or transparent. Contrary to that approach, Vali Nasr writes with candor and clarity in his book, The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat. He also writes with a specific viewpoint: supportive of Richard Holbrooke and Hilary Clinton, and angry at the shortcomings of the Obama White House. The first accounts of history come from informed insiders like Nasr, and this contribution will be used by others who will assess American foreign policy for years to come. Readers interested in politics and world affairs are those most likely to enjoy reading this finely written book. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Dispensable Nation from

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