A Washington Post Best Book of 2004 A New York Times Notable Book of 2004 An Economist Book of the Year, 2004 September 11, 2001, distinguished Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis argues, was not the first time a surprise attack shattered American ...
assumptions about national security and reshaped American grand strategy. We've been there before, and have responded each time by dramatically expanding our security responsibilities. "Gaddis presents an important discussion on America's response to September 11th in this extraordinarily thoughtful and challenging new book." —Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State 1973–1977 "In addition to giving a brilliant short course in American diplomatic history, Gaddis offers a big surprise: George W. Bush's foreign policy post–September 11, which Gaddis calls pre-emptive, unilateral and hegemonic, is as American as apple pie." —John Lehman, Washington Post "For a master-class in how to use history to clarify your thinking the man to turn to is John Lewis Gaddis … In Surprise, Security, and the American Experience he manages to cast brilliant light on how September 11th and its aftermath should be seen in the context of the country's history, and on how the Bush administration's very grand strategy should be understood, but also criticized." —The Economist