“Isolationism is deeply stupid.” So says Sam in this special episode in which he talks to Grant about three books: Present at the Creation by Dean Acheson, Running the World by David Rothkopf, and How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks. He uses these books as a starter course in foreign policy from the end of World War II to the present day – including where we should go from here, because if we are to be informed citizens we have to know these things.
We promise next episode will be back to literature.
PS: Sam has since read Doomed to Succeed by Dennis Ross and highly recommends it. He would also like us to add A Problem From Hell by Samantha Power & George F. Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis to his list, if you’re so inclined.
PPS The quote “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” is attributed Leon Trotsky.
Show Notes & Links
- Present at the Creation by Dean Acheson
- Running the World by David Rothkopf
- How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks
- Doomed to Succeed by Dennis Ross
- A Problem From Hell by Samantha Power
- George F. Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis
- Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
- The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
- American Dad! “Ollie North” episode
- Iran-Contra Affair
- National Security Council
- National Security Act of 1947
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- Carl von Clausewitz
- Deep State Radio Podcast