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....
|Title||:||War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence|
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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence Reviews
An exceptionally well written and compelling recent history of the State department. Honestly before Trump, I paid attention to politics but not to this level. I did not know the history of Afghanistan and Iran in nearly the detail that I should. So many interesting stories about the players and a justification for changing course at State.
It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is “eating our lunch today, and president Trump has invited it because he thinks our retreat is some kind of accomplishment. If China can mature as a diplomatic power as rapidly as it has as a force for economic development, Ame ...more
Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State.
I have been on a roll of great books lately, but this one tops the list of books so far this year.
I have long been fascinated by international diplomacy and foreign relations, and yet it is a topic that is so difficult to really understand as issues get politicized and the *real* work of the State Department is rarely put in the forefront of the news.
Mr. Farrow certainly has a specific perspective, as an active player in many of the stories that he relates, but he manages to leave the partisan ...more
To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while reading a physical copy of the book, but as an audiobook listen, it was occasionally disorienting when he jumped from Pakistan to Somalia.
However, I think the positives far outweigh the negatives in this insanely well-r ...more
Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tillerson remarks parroting China's preferred perspective on U.S. China relations.
Farrow is a high-flyer with a very rosy future.
can't give Ronan Farrow high marks for his narration, but that is not unusual when author chooses to narrate his own book. His style grows on you and you must accept it because his discussion of diplomacy over the last several decades is both intriguing and frightening. Starting with the mahogany massacre of the Trump presidency tells the story of the dismantlement of American foreign service. His stories of past diplomats their approaches successes and failures provides a great foundation to u ...more