In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump

Timothy Lynch

Cambridge University Press | Published : 2019


This book offers a bold reinterpretation of the prevailing narrative that U.S. foreign policy after the Cold War was a failure. In chapters that retell and reargue the key episodes of the post-Cold War years, Lynch argues that the Cold War cast a shadow on the presidents that came after it and that success came more from adapting to that shadow than in attempts to escape it. When strategic lessons of the Cold War were applied, presidents fared better; when they were forgotten, they fared worse. This book tells the story not of a revolution in American foreign policy but of its essentially continuous character from one era to the next. While there were many setbacks between the fall of Soviet..

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