September 5, 2014

General Tony Zinni spoke about his book, Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off The Battlefield, at Politics & Prose on Friday September 5, 2014.

For the better part of the last half century, the United States has been the World’s Police, claiming to defend ideologies, allies, and our national security through brute force. But is military action always the most appropriate response? Drawing on his vast experience, from combat in Vietnam to peacekeeping in Somalia, to war games in Washington, DC and negotiations with former rebels in the Philippines, retired four-star General Tony Zinni argues that we have a lot of work to do to make the process of going to war—or not—more clear-eyed and ultimately successful. He examines the relationship between the executive and the military (including the difference between passive and engaged presidents); the failures of the Joint Chief of Staff; the challenges of working with the UN, coalition forces, and NATO; the difference between young, on the ground officers and less savvy senior leaders; the role of special forces and drone warfare; and the difficult choices that need to be made to create tomorrow’s military. From the Oval Office to the battlefield, Before the First Shots Are Fired is a hard-hitting analysis of the history of America’s use of military action and a spirited call for change.

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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 2nd, 2014

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February 24, 2014

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes spoke about their book, HRC, at Politics & Prose on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.

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Published: Crown - February 17th, 2015

January 20, 2014

Angela E. Stent spoke about her book, The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-first Century, at Politics & Prose on Monday, January 20, 2014.

The Limits of Partnership offers a riveting narrative on U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. It reflects the unique perspective of an insider who is also recognized as a leading expert on this troubled relationship. American presidents have repeatedly attempted to forge a strong and productive partnership only to be held hostage to the deep mistrust born of the Cold War. For the United States, Russia remains a priority because of its nuclear weapons arsenal, its strategic location bordering Europe and Asia, and its ability to support--or thwart--American interests. Why has it been so difficult to move the relationship forward? What are the prospects for doing so in the future? Is the effort doomed to fail again and again?

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Published: Princeton University Press - March 29th, 2015

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