Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump Audiobook, by Joseph S. Nye Play Audiobook Sample

Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump Audiobook

Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump Audiobook, by Joseph S. Nye Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Robertson Dean Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705244142

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58:47 minutes

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08:51 minutes

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37:05 minutes

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Americans constantly make moral judgments about presidents and foreign policy. Unfortunately, many of these assessments are poorly thought through. A president is either praised for the moral clarity of his statements or judged solely on the results of their actions.

In Do Morals Matter?, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., one of the world's leading scholars of international relations, provides a concise yet penetrating analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy during the American era after 1945. Nye works through each presidency from FDR to Trump and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions of their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions. Alongside this, he also evaluates their leadership qualities, elaborating on which approaches work and which ones do not. Regardless of a president's policy preference, Nye shows that each one was not fully constrained by the structure of the system and actually had choices. He further notes the important ethical consequences of non-actions, such as Truman's willingness to accept stalemate in Korea rather than use nuclear weapons.

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About Joseph S. Nye

Joseph S. Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; he has also served as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Undersecretary of State. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Nye is also the author of several books, including The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone and Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics.

About Robertson Dean

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.