Dr. Dale Herspring discussed his book Rumsfeld's Wars: The Arrogance of Power at the Central Library on September 11, 2008. Learn more about the man who served as the U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2001-06 under President George W. Bush or read a book about recent or current U.S. foreign relations.
Books by Dale Herspring
Rumsfeld's Wars: The Arrogance of Power By Dale Herspring Dale Herspring, a political conservative and lifelong Republican, offers a nonpartisan assessment of Rumsfeld's impact on the U.S. military establishment from 2001 to 2006, focusing especially on the Iraq War – from the decision to invade through the development and execution of operational strategy and the enormous failures associated with the postwar reconstruction of Iraq.
The Pentagon and the Presidency: Civil-Military Relations from FDR to George W. Bush By Dale Herspring While presidents have always kept a watchful eye on the military, our generals have been equally vigilant in assessing the commander-in-chief. Their views, however, have been relatively neglected in the literature on civil-military relations. By taking us inside the military's mind in this matter, Dale Herspring's book provides a candid reassessment of a key relationship in American government and foreign policymaking.
The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power By Jonathan Mahler In 2006, a young defense lawyer assigned to represent Osama bin Laden's driver in a military tribunal sued the Bush administration over the legality of the tribunals and won. Here is the inside story of this seminal case.
Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy By Andrew Cockburn In this book, Washington insider Andrew Cockburn details Rumsfeld's decisions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and also shows how his political legacy stretches back decades and will reach far into the future.
Rumsfeld's War: The Untold Story of America's Anti-Terrorist Commander By Rowan Scarborough Here is the story of how Rumsfeld shook up the military brass and outmaneuvered national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and other administration officials to remake America's military into Special Forces-driven institution.
Recent U.S. Foreign Relations
Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet By James Mann This book is a detailed, incisive thirty-five-year history of the top six members of the Vulcans – Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice – and the era of American dominance they represent.
Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward Former Secretary of State Albright offers a persuasive, wide-ranging set of recommendations to the next president by drawing on her extensive experience as adviser to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions.
The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism By Ron Suskind A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the bestselling author of The Price of Loyalty and The One Percent Doctrine returns with an explosive election year account of the looming national security crisis that America faces right now.
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