This book was very well-written in a secular and individual way. It gives a very realistic account of the day to day experience and some of the transitions that the soldiers endured between arrival, the Bulge Offensive, the thawing out and the Siegfried Line experience in 1945. It was a slog and everyday chipped at one's armor. The steadily encroaching realization that something bad or unlucky could happen accelerated as the offensive ebbed and snow thawed but the dangers (and mines/artillery) were still omnipresent. Some of the thoughts about critical enduring friendships (with his friend Archie) and those small but key facets that may have kept a man sane and capable of enduring one are well-described.
Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama's dynamic oratory skills played a pivotal role in his historic electoral victory. Once in office those same proclivities were again on display during a host of major foreign policy speeches-those that endeavored to reformulate relations with the Muslim world, nuclear proliferation, the strategies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to name a few-that provide critical information for evaluating the president's policies. This volume provides an in-depth exploration of the president's major speeches and allows the reader to assess the extent to which Obama met the domestic and global expectations associated with his foreign policy agenda.
- Students will find the selection of speeches thought provoking, particularly on the question of war.
- Starting with Senator Obama's anti-Iraq War speech, readers will examine several speeches that evolved into the strategies for what critics charge is "Obama's War in Afghanistan."
- Speeches from recent events are also included, such as the presidential address that unleashed American intervention in the Libyan civil war and Obama's triumphant address to nation in which he announced the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Foreign Policy Speeches of Obama serves as an invaluable resource for U.S. Foreign Policy, American Government, International Relations, and Presidential Studies courses.
Dr. John Davis is the director of international security studies at Trinity Washington University. His areas of expertise include: International Security, International Relations, International Law, U.S. Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Presidential Studies, and Black Politics.