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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eliot A. Cohen Narrator: Bill Thatcher Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781504741361
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“Speak softly and carry a big stick” Theodore Roosevelt famously said in 1901, when the United States was emerging as a great power. It was the right sentiment, perhaps, in an age of imperial rivalry. But today many Americans doubt the utility of their global military presence, thinking it outdated, unnecessary, or even dangerous.

In The Big Stick, Eliot A. Cohen—a scholar and practitioner of international relations—disagrees. He argues that hard power remains essential for American foreign policy. While acknowledging that the United States must be careful about why, when, and how it uses force, he insists that its international role is as critical as ever, and armed force is vital to that role.

Cohen explains that American leaders must learn to use hard power in new ways and for new circumstances. The rise of a well-armed China, Russia’s conquest of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, and the spread of radical Islamist movements like ISIS are some of the key threats to global peace. If the United States relinquishes its position as a strong but prudent military power and fails to accept its role as the guardian of a stable world order, we run the risk of unleashing disorder, violence, and tyranny on a scale not seen since the 1930s. The United States is still, as Madeleine Albright once dubbed it, “the indispensable nation.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most eloquent defense of the continued necessity of American hard power you’re ever likely to need.”

    Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lays out a clear, balanced vision for the critical role American military power and leadership must take in securing our world.”

    Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security

  • “A brilliant, timely, hugely important, and very well-reasoned book that considers the past fifteen years of war…and makes a compelling case for American leadership in the world.”

    David Petraeus, former director of the CIA

  • “Cohen makes clearheaded assessments that many strategists who don’t share his views and policy advice will nonetheless find strongly thought out.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The most compelling case yet for why the ‘big stick’ remains as essential for managing the national security challenges of the twenty-first century as it was one hundred years ago.”

    Eric Edelman, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

  • “Even if you disagree with Mr. Cohen…He writes thoughtfully, methodically and with unfussy erudition. His chapters are organized with the pleasing precision of a bento box.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
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About the Author

Eliot A. Cohen is professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the policy planning staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as an intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve, and he taught at the US Naval War College and at Harvard University. He has written books and articles on a variety of military and national security–related subjects. He served as counselor of the Department of State from 2007 to 2009. He lives in Washington, DC.