Americans, we are told in this election year, neither know nor care
about foreign relations now that the Soviet Union is dead. In a world
where "globalization" is so common it's a cliche, this
ignorance is dangerous.
by learning about twentieth century foreign affairs can Americans
solve this problem. But it's worthless to learn about American
foreign policy without understanding the Presidents who shaped that policy.
though, when confronted with the realities of international
relations, these Presidents, powerful and savvy at home,
frequently were little more than innocents abroad.