On the Origins of War, by Donald Kagan
Pity the poor statesman who turns for help to the world of ideas.
Closest to him in terms of physical proximity and overall outlook is a dense thicket of “policy intellectuals” centered in Washington, D.C. While they often have strong opinions on what to do about this or that problem of the day, these people rarely can tell the government insider anything he does not already know.
About the Author
Aaron L. Friedberg teaches politics and international affairs at Princeton. From 2003 to 2005 he served in the office of the Vice President as deputy assistant for national-security affairs. He is writing a book about the U.S.-China rivalry.