Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

John Lewis Gaddis

Max Boot reviews John Lewis Gaddis’ new book, Surprise, Security, and the American Experience. He thinks it is a fine book. "Leaving aside the validity of this or that detail, Gaddis’s major contribution is to treat the Bush Doctrine as a set of ideas worthy of scholarly examination rather than as a subject for ritualistic denunciation. He does not denigrate the President as a cowboy or a neo-Nazi, a simpleton or a dupe. Instead, Gaddis suggests that Bush is honestly grappling with the challenges that we confront today and, if he does not always get it right, he is nevertheless coming up with more interesting and ambitious responses than most of his critics."

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