War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We?re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, accl American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industr...

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Title:War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Author:Ronan Farrow
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:0393652106
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:392 pages pages

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence Reviews

  • Socraticgadfly
    May 10, 2018
    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...
  • Tucker
    May 20, 2018
    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...
  • Bettie☯
    Apr 26, 2018
    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...
  • Trish
    Jun 01, 2018
    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...
  • L.E. Fidler
    Jul 12, 2018
    FINALLY. First, let me just say that I love Ronan Farrow's writing voice. I could read his voice all day. Which is good, because it took me FOREVER to get through this book. Now, not because the book is bad; the book is excellent. Or at least thought-provoking and insightful a...
  • Rach H
    Jul 10, 2018
    I?m still a newbie to current politics, and this is my first foray into the politics of the last few decades?Ronan?s writing is extremely engaging and accessible, and made this first foray very enjoyable. The story he tells is fascinating, and I learned a lot. I definitely recomm...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Jul 17, 2018
    This world is doomed. Doomed to be destroyed by the morons we elect to rule us. By the morons who elect morons to rule over them and over the fate of the planet. It only remains to be seen how it will all end. ...
  • Todd Wright
    Oct 07, 2018
    Farrow is an engaging writer and is able to make most of the inside baseball at the State Department fairly interesting. That said, he is not persuasive, it is easy to agree with his facts but dismiss his conclusion. Not a great book but one that most people should read. Part one is...
  • Meg
    May 10, 2018
    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...
  • Hadrian
    Jul 14, 2018
    Study of the sidelining of the U.S. State Department by the military and intelligence communities. Farrow is a bit of a renaissance man - he was the investigative journalist who helped break the Harvey Weinstein abuse story, and former Special Advisor to the Special Representative for ...
  • Susan
    Jun 25, 2018
    This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the state of the world today. It is a fascinating and sometimes frightening look at the decline of diplomacy in the modern era. ...
  • Scott
    Jun 20, 2018
    Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who began his career as a State department staffer. In this book he makes the case that the State department has been minimized over the years, to the detriment of our country and security. The emphasis throughout the book is on how and wh...
  • Jill Mackin
    Aug 13, 2018
    An excellent book of investigative journalism. The ongoing deterioration of the State Department and rise of Militarism as foreign policy. ...
  • Scott Rhee
    Sep 09, 2018
    Diplomacy is dead. This is the main take-away of Ronan Farrow?s recent book ?War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence?, a frightening look at the first stages of a growing new world military order and the death of hope for mankind. The book star...
  • Kelley
    May 04, 2018
    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...
  • Owlseyes
    May 12, 2018
    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. Et Voil: ...
  • India Braver
    Aug 09, 2018
    Ronan Farrow is a terrific reporter and this book is a good intro to recent US foreign policy. A bit of memoir (really just bits about his relationship with Holbrooke) but mostly [hot?] takes on critical foreign policy situations as well as a look at the Trump administrations systemati...
  • Jatan
    May 13, 2018
    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...
  • Samantha
    Jul 14, 2018
    This book is an incredibly insightful foray into American foreign policy over the last two decades, specifically in regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan. I greatly enjoyed the personal relationships Farrow let us in on, as with Robin Raphael and Richard Holbrooke (although Farrow seems l...
  • Dorian
    May 09, 2018
    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...
  • Marisa
    May 01, 2018
    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...
  • Ml Lalonde
    May 05, 2018
    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...
  • Steven Z.
    Jun 02, 2018
    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...
  • Alex Acton
    May 21, 2018
    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...
  • Alan Tomkins-Raney
    May 19, 2018
    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...
  • Meike
    May 02, 2018
    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...
  • Riley Haas
    May 15, 2018
    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...
  • Sugarpuss
    Jun 13, 2018
    This is one of those books that will keep you up at night. I know it did me. At every turn, we have f'ed things up -- Nixon put off ending Vietnam in order to get reelected; Reagan made Colombian drug lords richer in the name of counterterrorism; Clinton started slashing our civilian p...
  • Seán Lee
    Jul 24, 2018
    ?Diplomacy really ought to be the tool of the first resort internationally. It can sometime achieve things at far less cost, both financially and in terms of American lives, than the use of the military can.? Bill Burns ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 11, 2018
    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...