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Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski [Hardcover]

Jimmy Carter , Charles Gati

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Book Description

24 Jun 2013

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s multifaceted career dealing with U.S. security and foreign policy has led him from the halls of academia to multiple terms in public service, including a stint as President Carter’s National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. He is a renowned policy analyst and author who frequently appears as a commentator on popular talk shows, including MSNBC's Morning Joe and PBS's NewsHour. Brzezinski’s strategic vision continues to carry a great deal of gravitas. This analysis of Brzezinski’s statecraft will be of interest not only to the general public but also to students as well as policy makers in the United States and throughout the world.

To assess the ramifications of Brzezinski’s engagement in world politics and policy making, Charles Gati has enlisted many of the top foreign policy players of the past thirty years to reflect on and analyze the man and his work. A senior scholar in Eastern European and Russian studies, Gati observed firsthand much of the history and politics surrounding Brzezinski’s career. His vibrant introduction and concluding one-on-one interview with Brzezinski lucidly frame the book's critical assessment of this major statesman’s accomplishments.


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (24 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421409763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421409764
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zbig is an informative and challenging introduction to Zbigniew Brzezinski... For armchair enthusiasts and those struggling to unravel the complicated issues of international affairs and foreign policy, Zbig is a good place to start.

(Karl Wolff New York Journal of Books)

This biography tells us a lot not just about Zbig but about America’s own checkered history in Brzezinski’s lifetime.

(Ray Taras Campaign for the American Reader)

Will fill a gap on Brzezinski in serious political science collections.

(Library Journal)

A highly readable volume of reflections on the legendary Cole Warrior by academics, journalists and Brzezinski's colleagues that nonetheless avoids the dryness of a classical academic tract... A welcome addition to the field of political science, simultaneously being a portrait of a complex, intellectually rigorous, and self-confident Polish-American academic and national security advisor in the Carter administration, as well as a reflection upon American foreign policy in the post-war era.

(Filip Mazurczak New Eastern Europe)

Captures his extraordinary insights into international politics as well as his commitment to a morally inspired political realism. It will be read with great satisfaction... The editor and the contributors ought to be commended for their superb accomplishment.

(Vladimir Tismaneanu International Affairs)

Part biography, personal reflection, history, and policy analysis, this expertly compiled book provides a fascinating insight into the private and public worlds of one of the foremost architects of American foreign policy in the twentieth century, and indeed today... This is no small achievement, as the book is easily one of the best retrospectives of a public figure in recent years... Gati's lengthy and detailed interview with Brzezinski (a recollection of sorts) permits the reader the direct insight of the man himself following the various accounts of the contributors. It's an exceptional feature in what otherwise would still have been a first-rate profile... The book is easy to return to, and hard to put down... Skillfully edited, relentlessly referenced, and well composed, this should be essential reading for any observer (academic or otherwise) of American politics and foreign policy.

(George A. MacLean Russian Review)

Charles Gati has done a service to scholars and to all who are interested in U.S. foreign policy. Zbig is both a long overdue tribute and a comprehensive, balanced, and much-needed study of Dr. Brzezinski's extraordinary career.

(Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State)

Zbig Brzezinski's influence on American foreign policy—as a practitioner, adviser, writer, teacher—has been consistently pointed, with a sharp analytical edge, and directed to the heart of the matter. Whether or not one agrees with Zbig, he is always worth listening to. This excellent collection of original essays reflects his own rigorous but sometimes puckish spirit. It captures the range and zest of a man who has been one of the great contributors to U.S. foreign policy for almost half a century. Like the man, Zbig offers both history and insights for the future.

(Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State)

Potentially quite important. I especially like the division into sections that capture the different dimensions and phases of Brzezinski's career—from academic to policy maker to policy advocate—and concluding with a series of portraits of Brzezinski by those who worked with him.

(Robert J. McMahon, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University)

There is no sharper, clearer, more strategic thinker alive today than Zbig Brzezinski. This fascinating book brings that label to life, adding color, depth, personality and values to his incisive mind. It is history, biography, and very nearly a how-to book on thinking strategically.

(Jessica T. Mathews, president, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

An excellent—and never done before—study of Brzezinski and his intellectual and policy decisions over the course of more than 50 years of American foreign policy. It is well organized, well written, thought-provoking, and adds a lot of information.

(Jakub Grygiel, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies)

About the Author

Charles Gati is a senior fellow in The Foreign Policy Institute and a professorial lecturer of Russian and Eurasian Studies at The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His books include Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt and The Bloc That Failed: Soviet–East European Relations in Transition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brezezinski through many lenses 30 Sep 2013
By Robert David - Published on Amazon.com
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This unusually well conceived book acquaints the reader with various dimensions of this perceptive foreign policy thinker. It is a candid, multi-faceted look at Zibigniew Brezezinski through the eyes of colleagues who knew him in his many professional roles. It's not all praise, but you can't come away without having gained increased respect and admiration for this brilliant foreign policy strategist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Assessment 8 Oct 2013
By david lenefsky - Published on Amazon.com
This is a critical assessment of Zibigniew Brezezinski, a salient strategist of U.S. foreign policy. The qualiity of organization, presentation and editing is superb. While the subject matter is mostly decades old events, Brezezinski's analytic framework and historical perspective, so well explained, remains very much relevant to today's foreign policy problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Brzezinski comes alive 14 Oct 2013
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It's a wonderful book for anyone who is interested in strategic thinking, the personality of its foremost practitioner in the US foreign policy establishment, Dr. Brzezinski, and in the background to a couple of extraordinary achievements in US foreign policy, as well as some exogenous disasters, i.e. Iran and Afganistan. It also sheds light on the remarkable but generally not recognized performance of the Carter presidency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! 25 Dec 2013
By Evelyn Ferley - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had great respect for Zbig for years and was pleased that a book was written about him. Totally enjoyable, and gets you to a closer understanding of Zbig. Great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dine at Zbig's !!! 9 July 2014
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after dinning at the Tao - Te - Ching and the bible, you'll understand and will find a Joe's in every major city. Zbigniew Brzeziski always offers a lucid account of a situation often to the dismay of the timid and purblind. you may not win your match, job, or get the girl you wanted but you will never hoodwinked again.
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