Book review

War without asking: US foreign policy and the war-making power since 1941

7 Feb 2014
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Date: 7 February 2014
Author: Dennis Phillips
Publisher: Australian Review of Public Affairs (ARPA)
Owning Institution(s): The University of Sydney

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Title: The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Date Published: 2013
Author/s: Marvin Kalb

Additional Books: 
Title: Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order
Publisher: Basic Books
Author/s: Richard N. Haass
Date Published: 2013

The American Constitution specifies the United States can only declare war by means of a joint declaration by both houses of Congress. Despite fighting wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and elsewhere, the US Congress has not been asked to formally declare war since the day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. So how did the war-making power evolve from Congressional act to presidential decision?

Dr Dennis Phillips examines two books both published in 2013: The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed by Marvin Kalb and Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order by Richard N. Haass. Read his article (489) in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

 

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