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Power Rules How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 0061714542

ISBN-13: 9780061714542

Edition: 2009

Authors: Leslie H. Gelb, Leslie Gelb

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From one of the nation's leading foreign-policy minds comes a provocative new account of how to think about-and use-America's power in the twenty-first century.Inspired by Machiavelli's classic The Prince, Leslie H. Gelb offers illuminating guidelines on how American power actually works and should be wielded in today's tumultuous world, writing with the perspective of four decades of extraordinary access and influence in government, think tanks, and journalism. He argues that Washington risks losing the essential lifeblood of its national security-its power-unless American leaders relearn the lessons of how to use that power. Contrary to runaway fashion, Gelb argues that the world is not flat, power is not soft, and that we have not entered a post-American era in global affairs. The United States remains far and away the most powerful country in a world where power remains sharply pyramidal. But the U.S. is not the dominant power, and it can't dictate to others.Gelb persuasively shows that America's future power must be based on the principle of mutual indispensability: Washington is the indispensable leader because it alone can galvanize coalitions to solve major international problems (and all nations know this), while other key nations are indispensable partners in getting the job done. The reality is this: succeed together or fail apart. Washington will also fail if it forgets that power is still, as in the days of Machiavelli, about pressure and coercion, carrots and sticks. Reason, values, and understanding are foreplay, but not the real thing. Gelb provides an incisive look at the major U.S. foreign-policy triumphs and tragedies of the last half century, and offers practical rules on how to effectively exercise power today. Power Rules is an impassioned challenge to both liberals and conservatives and a plea to reclaim the true meaning of power and the essential role of common sense in solving global problems.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3/17/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Letter to Our Elected Prince
Introduction
Power in the New World
The Revolution in World Power
What Power Is, and What Power Isn't
Power in the American Century
The New Pyramid of World Power
Rules for Exercising Power
Strategy and Power: Mutual Indispensability
Intelligence and Power
U.S. Domestic Politics and Power
Military Power
Economic Power
Stage-Setting Power
Policy and Power
Foreign Policy Power
U.S. Policy and Power in the Middle East
Necessity, Choice, and Common Sense
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index