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Instruments Of Statecraft: U. S. Guerrilla Warfare, Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Terrorism 1940-1990

McClintock, Michael

Published by Pantheon Books, 1992
ISBN 10: 0394559452 / ISBN 13: 9780394559452
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Title: Instruments Of Statecraft: U. S. Guerrilla ...

Publisher: Pantheon Books

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1992. Pantheon Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 604 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Peter A. Davis. 0394559452. keywords: History America Espionage. inventory # 16305. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Informed by newly declassified and previously unpublished documents, Instruments of Statecraft is an authoritative study of American covert, unconventional warfare waged against ideological adversaries, from the Truman administration up to the recent war in the Persian Gulf. Since World War II, assassination, sabot age, kidnaping, torture, the overthrow of foreign governments, and other terroristic activities have been intrinsic to our national defense policy. These have been justified time and again as necessary to combat communist insurgency and, more recently, terrorism - as the only effective response to the barbarism ascribed to, or projected onto, our enemies - be they Sandinistas or the PLO. So it is that America has maintained forces - including the OSS, the CIA, the Green Berets, and the Delta Force - that have specialized in dirty warfare with impunity, in Nicaragua, Lebanon, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Afghanistan. Guatemala, Africa, Cuba, Central America, and Greece, among other places. Michael McClintock gives a fascinating and alarming exposé of the dark side of American foreign policy while examining its tactical roots - from the pronouncements of Clausewitz and Raymond Aron, to its ideological basis in the Monroe Doctrine, Theodore Rooseveltís Big Stick foreign policy, and Woodrow Wilsonís post-colonialist crusade. Bookseller Inventory # 16305

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