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A weekend non-fiction fun read as a break from heavy theological reading: Because Pastors need a break also!

The Hell of Good Intentions

Stephen M. Walt. The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy.  New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 16th 2018. 400 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read a book on the concerns for American foreign policies the last few decades that gives an analysis of the institutions and dynamics of the foreign policy establishment?  This book might be for you!  The author is Stephen Martin Walt who is a Professor of International relations at the Kennedy School at Harvard.  In our age of partisan politics this book isn’t just a slam against “Neocons” that one would expect from a professor who teach at Harvard; it is also a critique of Democrats and Republicans.  As the book reveals often the Democrats and Republicans who are involved in foreign policies have a lot more in common in assumptions and views than the general public think.  And yet it is those assumptions and views where at times even if it is good intentions can become a detriment to US long term interests and also cause international upheaval.  Given how dangerous our foreign policy in America can be I think this book is worth reading by not only those interested in politics and international relations but also the general readers to understand what is going on.


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