American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. Were becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrows narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, short-sightedness, and outright malicebut it may just offer America a way out of a world at war....
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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence Reviews
The author is well know for his investigative journalism. It is reinforced by the positions he has held within, specifically, the State Department. He uses these experiences, the contacts he has made and the doors and people who are open to him because of his literary expertise. My take is that his writings in this book are of a balanced nature sticking with documented facts. Because of the reach he seems to have in doing his investigative work I have to think he is considered fair and unbiased. ...more
Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis of the State department which started as early as Bush 1 and continued through Clinton, Bush 2, and even Obama,
in favor of a more militarized approach to geopolitical quagmires.
Much of the book analyses diplomacy th ...more
Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial complex has been wading through recent history of smoke and haze of frenetic spending for the sake of "defense", while stripping our foreign policy of proven inaccuracies and replacing that with nothing! Farrow decries ...more
A distressing history of the erosion of diplmacy in favor initially of military power, followed by idiocy. Sadly, these words on page 305, “embracing the compromise and imperfection of the deals, realizing that they could avert war and save lives” as an aim of diplomacy plays second fiddle to the narcissism of the current POTUS.
Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State.
A well researched and topical book. I would have given it four stars, but this book's writing was just too frenetic.
This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air space as Trump's government? You'll be hiding under the bed to read this. One wonders if the ancient Romans knew their empire was declining while it was happening. Thanks to Ronan Farrow, the Americans will know for ...more
Excellently researched, sourced, and written. Several on the record accounts, a testament to Farrow’s disarming interview talent. Highly recommend this book.