American presidents may not want to send troops into battle or militarise foreign policy but, in the end, most of them do. The author and journalist explains how this happens, and why it’s not even the military that’s to blame. He picks the best books on American militarism.
The City and the Stars
by Arthur C Clarke
by Ben Wisner, Piers Blaikie & Terry Cannon and Ian Davis
An Enemy of the People
by Henrik Ibsen
Development in Disaster-Prone Places: Studies of Vulnerability
by James Lewis
The Politics of Natural Disaster: The Case of the Sahel Drought
by Michael H Glantz (ed)
David Cortright, Notre Dame peace studies expert, identifies and rejects one of the myths about non-violent action: that it only works in liberal democracies. He outlines that non-violent protests can achieve their aims, that terrorism can only cease through negotiation, and that wars rarely have winners.