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The James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College selects the most important books on the United States published during the last year. Here are his reviews, culled from recent issues of the magazine.
Click here to see all of the best books on international relations of 2012.
Wide ranging, deeply researched, and clearly expressed, Preston’s history of the influence of religion on U.S. foreign policy, from Colonial times through the Obama administration, is a landmark in the field of American foreign policy studies.
In this brilliant new look at the destruction of slavery during the American Civil War, Oakes reveals how the U.S. abolitionist movement relied not only on high-minded moral suasion but also on the small-bore legalistic strategy of the Republican Party.