Power Rules : How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1/1/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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, Gelb provides an incisive look at the major U.S. foreign-policy triumphs and tragedies of the past 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.

Author Biography

Leslie H. Gelb is President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former columnist at The New York Times, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. Gelb has worked as a senior official in the State and Defense departments. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Letter to Our Elected Princep. vii
Introductionp. xi
Power in the New World
The Revolution in World Powerp. 3
What Power Is, and What Power Isn'tp. 26
Power in the American Centuryp. 44
The New Pyramid of World Powerp. 73
Rules for Exercising Power
Strategy and Power: Mutual Indispensabilityp. 93
Intelligence and Powerp. 122
U.S. Domestic Politics and Powerp. 138
Military Powerp. 161
Economic Powerp. 188
Stage-Setting Powerp. 219
Policy and Power
Foreign Policy Powerp. 237
U.S. Policy and Power in the Middle Eastp. 255
Necessity, Choice, and Common Sensep. 278
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
Notesp. 307
Selected Bibliographyp. 315
Indexp. 319
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