The Devil And Uncle Sam: A User's Guide To The Friendly Tyrant's Dilemma

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The Devil And Uncle Sam: A User's Guide To The Friendly Tyrant's Dilemma

Edited by Adam Garfinkle
Transaction Publishers, 1992
143 pp. $24.95
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Based on earlier work by the editor and Daniel Pipes, a student of the Middle East, this book is part whimsy but part serious, dedicated to the proposition that the problems of dealing with "our SOBs" around the world will attenuate but not end with the Cold War. Their reviewers are distinguished practitioners and, if their maxims-beware dependence, be nimble-are commonsensical, their application of them is often thoughtful. They distinguish, for instance, the possible psychological effects of sanctions, which can work, from their economic effects, which seldom do. They omit my favorite maxim: never assume your SOB understands his politics any better than you do.