National Review / Digital
Statesmanship and the GOP
Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II, by Colin Dueck (Princeton, 376 pp., $26.95)


Colin Dueck’s thorough analysis of the foreign-policy views of Republican political leaders since World War II has two aspects. As history, it is informative, objective, and broadly useful. As political science, however — and typical of that academic discipline as a whole — it obscures more than it reveals.

Fortunately, the reader can focus on Dueck’s history. He presents a careful, detailed policy analysis of Republican presidents starting with Eisenhower, and includes leaders like Goldwater and Taft who significantly shaped party thinking even without winning the Oval Office. Dueck is, with one exception, generally laudatory of these figures, and his central conclusion is powerful: “The triumph of one foreign-policy type over another is crucially shaped by the president’s own choices.”

November 1, 2010    |     Volume LXII, No. 20

  • Rahm Emanuel stages a homecoming parade.
  • A Senate race in West Virginia illustrates the danger of being associated with Barack Obama.
  • A GOP tide is surging through the Great Lakes region
  • This small nation presents the global financial crisis in microcosm.
  • The Norwegian Nobel Committee gives the peace prize to a Chinese hero.
  • Liberals are watching their ‘40-year majority’ vanish.
  • The War on Terror has blinded the Right to a disturbing expansion of executive power.
  • Remembering Joe Sobran.
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