National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear

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PublicAffairs, Oct 28, 2014 - Political Science - 496 pages
In the wake of 9/11, America and its people have experienced a sense of vulnerability unprecedented in the nation’s recent history. Buffeted by challenges from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the financial crisis, from Washington dysfunction to the rise of China and the dawn of the era of cyber warfare, two very different presidents and their advisors have struggled to cope with a relentless array of new threats.

You may think you know the story. But in National Insecurity, David Rothkopf offers an entirely new perspective into the hidden struggles, the surprising triumphs, and the shocking failures of those charged with leading the United States through one of the most difficult periods in its history. Thanks to his extraordinary access, Rothkopf provides fresh insights drawing on more than one hundred exclusive interviews with the key players who shaped this era.

At its core, National Insecurity is the gripping story of a superpower in crisis, seeking to adapt to a rapidly changing world, sometimes showing inspiring resilience—but often undone by the human flaws of those at the top, the mismanagement of its own system, the temptation to concentrate too much power within the hands of too few in the White House itself, and an unwillingness to draw the right lessons from the recent past. Nonetheless, within that story are unmistakable clues to a way forward that can help restore American leadership.
 

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Contents

The Enemy in the Mirror
1
Debacle Accomplished
21
2 A Very Different President
45
3 The Other George W Bush
84
4 Elections Select Presidents Crises Reveal Them
113
5 Hello I Must Be Going
148
6 The Most Poweful Man in the World
183
7 Eyebal to Eyeball Again
216
8 The Place Where Good Intentions Go to Die
239
9 Leading from Behind
269
10 The Beginning of the End of the Age of Fear
307
11 A Challeng for the Next President
339
Acknowledgments
371
Notes
375
Index
467
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David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group, publisher of Foreign Policy Magazine, ForeignPolicy.com, and presenter of FP Events. He is also president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm. He is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he chairs the Bernard L. Schwartz Program in Competitiveness and Growth Policies.

He is the author of Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning that Lies Ahead; Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They’re Making; and Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power.

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