I have called Cato Institute vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, Chris Preble, the most important person you may have never heard of. Chris’s work on American foreign policy is unmatched. I have regularly recommended his book, The Power Problem, and now I am excited for his latest volume, Peace, War, and Liberty: Understand U.S. Foreign Policy. Here’s a bit about the new book from the Cato Institute:
Has the United States been a force for liberty around the world? Should it be? And if so, how?
To answer these questions, Cato Institute’s Christopher A. Preble traces the history of U.S. foreign policy from the American Founding to the present, examining the ideas that have animated it, asking whether America’s policy choices have made the world safer and freer, and considering the impact of those choices on freedom at home.
My friend Chris Preble explains the need to question the assumptions that drive American foreign policy in the modern era—especially the assumption that American politicians can and should forcibly remake the international order to suit their desires. Chris asks readers to consider whether America and the world would be safer and freer if U.S. foreign policy incorporated libertarian insights about the limitations of government power.
Peace, War, and Liberty is a comprehensive challenge to the interventionist ideology of America’s foreign policy establishment.
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