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George W. Bush and the war in Iraq are more unpopular among US allies and around the world than any other modern president and policy, including Lyndon Johnson and the war in Vietnam. In this edited volume, leading scholars, mostly from British universities, analyze the consequences of the Bush doctrine and the war on terrorism from a variety of national, regional, and functional perspectives. In a few places, such as Poland, Australia, and Tony Blair's office, there are supporters of the Bush administration policies in response to Islamic terrorism. But for the most part, this book is a catalog of what is seen to be wrong with preemption, unilateralism, detention, militarized democratization, and the rest of the major steps the US has taken since 9/11. A great deal can be learned from these carefully argued academic critiques, but the book's central lesson may be an inadvertent one. The US in the world today has all the power it needs to act independently and to willingly go against the wishes and wisdom of many other nations and most of their leaders. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through practitioners. R. A. Strong Washington & Lee University
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