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Books

The Obamians [published March 9, 2009] is the story of Ronald Reagan’s changing policy towards the Soviet Union in his final three years in the White House. From 1986 through 1988, Reagan was increasingly at odds both with conservative Republicans and with the foreign-policy elites in Washington as he pursued a new relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. [  ]
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Rise of the Vulcans Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet [2004] examines the background, the careers and the ideas of the group of officials who joined together as George W. Bush’s initial foreign policy team in 2001, who were on the job during the attacks of Sept. 11 and then brought America into the invasion with Iraq two years later. For his narrative, Mann concentrates on the long, intersecting careers of six people: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Armitage. [  ]
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The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War [published March 9, 2009] is the story of Ronald Reagan’s changing policy towards the Soviet Union in his final three years in the White House. From 1986 through 1988, Reagan was increasingly at odds both with conservative Republicans and with the foreign-policy elites in Washington as he pursued a new relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. [  ]Buy this book
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The China Fantasy The China Fantasy [2006] challenges the assumptions about China’s future put forward to the American public by politicians, business executives and leading scholars. Over the past two decades, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and many other American leaders have repeatedly suggested that China’s growing trade and prosperity will inevitably lead to political liberalization and democracy. Mann argues that in fact, China will retain its repressive one-party system for a long time. [  ]
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About Face About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship With China, From Nixon to Clinton [1998] investigates America’s diplomacy with China over a 30-year period starting with Richard Nixon’s and Henry Kissinger’s opening to China. Making use of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, it describes the hidden conversations between American and Chinese leaders in the early years, the sudden shock of the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, and the efforts by George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to restore the relationship. [  ]
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Beijing Jeep Beijing Jeep [1989, 1997] narrates the tale of a single American company that entered “the China market” with dreams of making a fortune. The company, American Motors (later Chrysler) discovered the hard way all the problems, pitfalls and frustrations of doing business in China. Fortune Magazine described the book as a classic and included it on its list of 75 all-time best books for business readers. [  ]
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