War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We?re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, accl American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industr...

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Title:War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Author:Ronan Farrow
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:0393652106
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:392 pages pages

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence Reviews

  • Nicole
    May 15, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

  • Socraticgadfly
    May 10, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

  • Tucker
    May 20, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

  • Don
    Jun 15, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

    What do you look for in a non-fiction book? For me, I want it to be informative - very much teaching me to learn new things; but I also want it to challenge my thinking, force me to analyze my existing ideas on a topic with the new information. It needs to be engaging. On all counts...

  • Bettie☯
    Apr 26, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

  • AC
    May 07, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

  • Trish
    Jun 01, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

  • Dennis
    May 11, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

    What do you look for in a non-fiction book? For me, I want it to be informative - very much teaching me to learn new things; but I also want it to challenge my thinking, force me to analyze my existing ideas on a topic with the new information. It needs to be engaging. On all counts...

    Whilst we await Kim Kardashians take on 'No So Clever Mr Einstein. Smart but 'Oh The Hairstyle': One hit wonder Mark Zuckerbergs 'Control but No Delete': or 'The Trump's Progress-From Pussy Grabbing to Screwing the World,' we now have to live with Ronan the Mowgli of the Farrow tribe l...

    If ANY of you EVER suggest even SLIGHTLY cutting the State Department outside of efficency's sake I will - I don't know. But I'll be FURIOUS. In all seriousness, one hell of a read. Farrow's ability to express complicated world affairs in such layman's terms makes him endearing as a...

    This is one of those books that will keep you up at night. I know it did me. At every turn, we have f'ed things up -- Nixon put off ending Vietnam in order to get reelected; Reagan made Colombian drug lords richer in the name of counterterrorism; Clinton started slashing our civilian p...

    I was genuinely surprised by War on peace. Picking up the book, I was hoping for an intellectual discussion something along the lines of Huntington or Fukuyama, had second thoughts about buying it but bought the book anyway due to the good publicity & rave reviews. War on peace is ...

    The author is well know for his investigative journalism. It is reinforced by the positions he has held within, specifically, the State Department. He uses these experiences, the contacts he has made and the doors and people who are open to him because of his literary expertise. My tak...

  • Meg
    May 10, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

  • Kelley
    May 04, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

  • Owlseyes
    May 12, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

  • Olya
    May 20, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

  • Harriet Smith
    May 08, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

  • Jatan
    May 13, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

  • Dorian
    May 09, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

  • Marisa
    May 01, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

  • Ml Lalonde
    May 05, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

  • Steven Z.
    Jun 02, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

  • Alex Acton
    May 21, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

  • Riley Gardner
    Jun 09, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

    What do you look for in a non-fiction book? For me, I want it to be informative - very much teaching me to learn new things; but I also want it to challenge my thinking, force me to analyze my existing ideas on a topic with the new information. It needs to be engaging. On all counts...

    Whilst we await Kim Kardashians take on 'No So Clever Mr Einstein. Smart but 'Oh The Hairstyle': One hit wonder Mark Zuckerbergs 'Control but No Delete': or 'The Trump's Progress-From Pussy Grabbing to Screwing the World,' we now have to live with Ronan the Mowgli of the Farrow tribe l...

    If ANY of you EVER suggest even SLIGHTLY cutting the State Department outside of efficency's sake I will - I don't know. But I'll be FURIOUS. In all seriousness, one hell of a read. Farrow's ability to express complicated world affairs in such layman's terms makes him endearing as a...

  • Alan Tomkins-Raney
    May 19, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

  • David
    May 10, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

  • Aiswarya Jayamohan
    May 01, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

  • Misty Ovens
    May 13, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

  • Meike
    May 02, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

  • Riley Haas
    May 15, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

  • Sugarpuss
    Jun 13, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

    What do you look for in a non-fiction book? For me, I want it to be informative - very much teaching me to learn new things; but I also want it to challenge my thinking, force me to analyze my existing ideas on a topic with the new information. It needs to be engaging. On all counts...

    Whilst we await Kim Kardashians take on 'No So Clever Mr Einstein. Smart but 'Oh The Hairstyle': One hit wonder Mark Zuckerbergs 'Control but No Delete': or 'The Trump's Progress-From Pussy Grabbing to Screwing the World,' we now have to live with Ronan the Mowgli of the Farrow tribe l...

    If ANY of you EVER suggest even SLIGHTLY cutting the State Department outside of efficency's sake I will - I don't know. But I'll be FURIOUS. In all seriousness, one hell of a read. Farrow's ability to express complicated world affairs in such layman's terms makes him endearing as a...

    This is one of those books that will keep you up at night. I know it did me. At every turn, we have f'ed things up -- Nixon put off ending Vietnam in order to get reelected; Reagan made Colombian drug lords richer in the name of counterterrorism; Clinton started slashing our civilian p...

  • Harry Buckle
    May 13, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

    What do you look for in a non-fiction book? For me, I want it to be informative - very much teaching me to learn new things; but I also want it to challenge my thinking, force me to analyze my existing ideas on a topic with the new information. It needs to be engaging. On all counts...

    Whilst we await Kim Kardashians take on 'No So Clever Mr Einstein. Smart but 'Oh The Hairstyle': One hit wonder Mark Zuckerbergs 'Control but No Delete': or 'The Trump's Progress-From Pussy Grabbing to Screwing the World,' we now have to live with Ronan the Mowgli of the Farrow tribe l...

  • Michael Ting
    May 20, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...

    Two chapters in, I still had no idea what he was trying to say, or what his point was in all this. ...

    A fascinating, detailed, first-hand account of the decline of American diplomacy and American influence, by a brilliant young prodigy and journalist. ...

    Did I read this book word for word? No, I skimmed it, but in doing so learned so many things about our recent history and the people involved. Well researched and documented. ...

    A sobering review of the history and current status of America?s diplomatic efforts. I have become quite a fan of Ronan in the past year, and this book even furthers my esteem for him. The breadth and depth of interviews he conducted with living SOS?s, military leaders and career d...

    Something Weird is Going On: What did the United States Say? The State Department Story. By Ronan Farrow. With every living Secretary of State. ...

    reading this book really opened my eyes to how dumb the united states of america and i are ...

    Do not waste your time reading this frenetic account of the failure of U.S. foreign policy. Many of us will agree that since the unpredicted 1979 collapse of the CIA-rigged government of Iran and the complete surprise of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, our military-industrial comp...

    What do you look for in a non-fiction book? For me, I want it to be informative - very much teaching me to learn new things; but I also want it to challenge my thinking, force me to analyze my existing ideas on a topic with the new information. It needs to be engaging. On all counts...

    Whilst we await Kim Kardashians take on 'No So Clever Mr Einstein. Smart but 'Oh The Hairstyle': One hit wonder Mark Zuckerbergs 'Control but No Delete': or 'The Trump's Progress-From Pussy Grabbing to Screwing the World,' we now have to live with Ronan the Mowgli of the Farrow tribe l...

    If ANY of you EVER suggest even SLIGHTLY cutting the State Department outside of efficency's sake I will - I don't know. But I'll be FURIOUS. In all seriousness, one hell of a read. Farrow's ability to express complicated world affairs in such layman's terms makes him endearing as a...

    This is one of those books that will keep you up at night. I know it did me. At every turn, we have f'ed things up -- Nixon put off ending Vietnam in order to get reelected; Reagan made Colombian drug lords richer in the name of counterterrorism; Clinton started slashing our civilian p...

    I was genuinely surprised by War on peace. Picking up the book, I was hoping for an intellectual discussion something along the lines of Huntington or Fukuyama, had second thoughts about buying it but bought the book anyway due to the good publicity & rave reviews. War on peace is ...

  • Sarah
    Jun 11, 2018

    Yes, it's true that with this book, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow shines a light on how the US has been decimating and sidelining its State Department for years, although - hey, kids! - diplomacy is crucial. But while this is of course an important point to make, it also amounts t...

    Who could have known Ronan Farrow would develop into such a remarkable thinker? He credits his mother, of whom he speaks with genuine awe in his voice. Not only has 30-year-old Ronan Farrow been a diplomat, in his early twenties working closely with Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to ...

    3.5/4 Stars To start with a very brief negative, I would say that the structure was a little hard to follow. From what I could tell, Farrow structures the book mainly around the countries whose foreign relations he discusses. I'm sure this structure would be easier to follow while r...

    Ronan on playing "nice" with North Korea: -"we're flying blind now" -"they often lie" -"risk: we get played" -"they cheat" Let's hope for the better on the 12th June. ...

    Tillerson parroted China talking points written by Kushner. Rachel Maddoow looks at past reporting on Jared Kushner's sketchy meetings with Chinese officials, and notes the tie-in to a scoop in Ronan Farrow's new book "War on Peace" that found Kushner to be the source of Rex Tiller...

    This is a deeply flawed but fascinating book about the decline of the US foreign service and US diplomacy and general, the the ebbing of US influence as the American Empire slowly ends. Farrow was an employee of the State Department at one point and perhaps he was too close to his sub...

    Riveting book I couldn?t put down War on Peace? is a riveting and thought-provoking book exploring the reasons behind the declining, though one hopes not dying, art and craft of US foreign diplomacy negotiation. Ronan Farrow, former US State Department diplomat and current jour...

    [JakePeraltasayingcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.gif] ...

    The advent of the Trump presidency has wreaked havoc with the traditional American approach to foreign policy that has been in place roughly for the last seventy years. Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the Foreign Service has been gutted as have the caree...

    Clear, sharp, intelligent, to-the-point and sometimes even emotional account of the state of Diplomacy in the largest empire in the history of the world. The demise of the State Department and its peace-bringing mission is told through interviews and stories. READ IT. ...

    This dense, gripping, impossibly detailed account of the decline of American diplomacy leaves me wondering how a single country can give birth to both Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow. How does this young scholar, investigative journalist and public servant even coexist in the same air sp...

    Amidst the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and an imminent detente with North Korea, this book is a timely review of American foreign policy in (mostly) the post-Vietnam era. In the prologue itself, Farrow makes it clear that the Trump presidency has only accelerated the sclerosis o...

    Good but not great. First, what makes it good? Farrow notes with detail about how presidents of both parties, from Bill Clinton on, have contributed toward an increased use of the military as a tool of, or substitute for, diplomacy. He spells out specific instances of this. Second, ...

    Farrow writes from his experience in the U.S. State Department. He traces problems across multiple administrations, giving special focus to Richard Holbrooke, who helped bring Farrow on board at the State Dept., and whose story gives "a window into what was lost when we turned away fro...

    Let's begin by noting that this book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. While promoting the release, Mr. Farrow made a point of mentioning that he'd interviewed every living Sec. of State. Somehow that translated in my head to mean that the book would be a series of pontificatio...

    It is disheartening to read of the degree to which the Trump administration has intentionally gutted the State Department, going far beyond sidelining the diplomatic corps by purging it of experts and isolating it from foreign policy development and implementation. China is ?eating o...

    I really, really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I would highly recommend it, as well. It?s one of those books that I wished I had bought to have in my collection (I borrowed it from the library instead). I wished it had gotten a little more in depth about other areas of American di...