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New Left Review 41, September-October 2006

Peter Gowan on Christopher Layne, Peace of Illusions. A maverick mole inside realist international-relations theory, overturning orthodox accounts of US global strategy.



The era of the long defeat in Vietnam produced a great age of American writing on the nature and sources of us foreign policy. Today, the impasses of the Bush Administration’s drive into the Islamic world are stimulating a second phase of scholarship on these same questions. Christopher Layne’s new book, The Peace of Illusions, is a notable symptom of this renewed intellectual quest into the roots of America’s ‘grand strategy’.

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