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White House warriors : how the National Security Council transformed the American way of war

Summary: "This revelatory history of the elusive National Security Council shows how staffers operating in the shadows have driven foreign policy clandestinely for decades. When Michael Flynn resigned in disgrace as the Trump administration's national security advisor the New York Times referred to the National Security Council as "the traditional center of management for a president's dealings with an uncertain world." Indeed, no institution or individual in the last seventy years has exerted more influence on the Oval Office or on the nation's wars than the NSC, yet until the explosive Trump presidency, few Americans could even name a member. With key analysis, John Gans traces the NSC's rise from a collection of administrative clerks in 1947 to what one recent commander-in-chief called the president's "personal band of warriors." A former Obama administration speechwriter, Gans weaves extensive archival research with dozens of news-making interviews to reveal the NSC's unmatched power, which has resulted in an escalation of hawkishness and polarization, both in Washington and the nation at large." --

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  • ISBN: 9781631494567
  • ISBN: 1631494562
  • Physical Description: print
    301 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-284) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: The President's "personal band of warriors" -- The "bright young men" on the NSC -- The "center of the foreign policy universe in America" -- "Reckless cowboys off on their own wild ride" -- "What no other part of the government did" -- A "policy person first and foremost" -- A "wartime" staff -- "When you work for the President, you work for the President" -- Epilogue: What the NSC's warriors have won.
Subject: National Security Council (U.S.) History
National security United States Decision making
United States Military policy Decision making
Strategic culture United States
Civil-military relations United States
United States Foreign relations 1945-
United States
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
National Security Council (U.S.)
Civil-military relations
Diplomatic relations
Military policy Decision making
National security Decision making
Strategic culture
United States
Genre: History.

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