Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power

PublicAffairs, 31 mai 2005 - 554 pages
Never before in the history of mankind have so few people had so much power over so many. The people at the top of the American national security establishment, the President and his principal advisors, the core team at the helm of the National Security Council, are without question the most powerful committee in the history of the world.Yet, in many respects, they are among the least understood.

A former senior official in the Clinton Administration himself, David Rothkopf served with and knows personally many of the NSC's key players of the past twenty-five years. In Running the World he pulls back the curtain on this shadowy world to explore its inner workings, its people, their relationships, their contributions and the occasions when they have gone wrong. He traces the group's evolution from the final days of the Second World War to the post-Cold War realities of global terror—exploring its triumphs, its human dramas and most recently, what many consider to be its breakdown at a time when we needed it most.

Drawing on an extraordinary series of insider interviews with policy makers including Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, senior officials of the Bush Administration, and over 130 others, the book offers unprecedented insights into what must change if America is to maintain its unprecedented worldwide leadership in the decades ahead.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - ClownishAtBest - LibraryThing

The author's bias really comes out in his flawed interpretation of the Nixon through Reagan period. Prior to that, it's a useful and engaging read. Consulter l'avis complet

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I was disappointed with the overall effect of the book. The first half makes an excellent argument about the importance of the structure of the NSC and its ability to craft the U.S.'s involvement in ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Committee in Charge of Running the World CHAPTER 2 Washingtons Choice
Greatness Thrust Upon Them
Gulliver Embarks Leaders Leadership and the Difference Between the Two
Bound in Lilliput
America in Decline the NSCAscendant
A Superpower in Search of Itself
Morning in America Twilight at the NSC
Across a Bright Line in History
The Beginning of the End of the End of History
A Thumb on the Scales Tipping the Balance in the Battle Between the Traditionalists and the Transformationalists
U S Foreign Policy in the Age of Ambiguity
A Guide to Abbreviations and Acronyms

The New Improved PostCold War InformationAge Indispensable Nation

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

David J. Rothkopf, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, served as deputy under secretary of commerce during the Clinton Administration, as Chairman and CEO of Intellibridge Corporation, a provider of international analysis to the national security community, and as managing director of Kissinger Associates. A well-known commentator for leading newspapers and magazines, he has taught international relations at Columbia University; written, co-authored or edited five other books on international and information age themes; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Advisory Council of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He lives in Washington DC.

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