Networks of Empire: The US State Department's Foreign Leader Program in the Netherlands, France and Britain, 1950-1970 by Giles Scott-Smith.

"Networks of Empire", by Giles Scott-Smith, examines the role played by the State Department's Foreign Leader Program in attempting to influence foreign perspectives of American strategic objectives. By detailing the way that this policy evolved in three key transatlantic nations - Britain, France and the Netherlands - Scott-Smith contributes significantly to the growing body of work assessing the efforts made by Washington to influence their allies during the Cold War. Published by Peter Lang, the book can be viewed on the publisher's website.  You can view a copy of the book's cover, and an excerpt from the book's introduction. Also available is an article written recently by the author on 'The Successor Generation' .


The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford

In his new book, "The Mighty Wurlitzer", Hugh Wilford details the relationship between the CIA and a series of private groups that it provided funding to. With such state-private relations becoming an increasingly important feature of Cold War historiography, Wilford's book is a timely examination of the CIA's role during this period. An extract from the book's introduction can be viewed, while more details can be found on the Harvard University Press website. In addition, these links lead to reviews from the Observer and the New York Times.


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The British War on Terror by Steve Hewitt

Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the topic of terrorism has been almost continually front-page news in the United Kingdom. The subsequent 'war on terror', including the invasion of Iraq, has only heightened interest in the matter. With the London bombings of 7th July 2005, Britain became a frontline in international terrorism and counter-terrorism. This reality has only been heightened by the failed terrorist attacks in London on 21 July 2005, and through a series of high profile arrests, including in August 2006 over an alleged plot to blow-up several airliners using liquid gel explosives and more recently the arrest of seven NHS doctors and medical students. What has been lacking since 2001, however, is a balanced, measured, and informed examination of these events that offers a historical and contemporary context to what is occurring in the United Kingdom. This void applies to both studies of terrorist activity and to the response of the state, principally in the form of counter-terrorism. Steve Hewitt's new book is an illuminating and fascinating look at this often misunderstood world.

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