By Brendan Simms Charlie Laderman
Published Feb 2017
It has been widely claimed that Trump’s foreign policy views are impulsive, inconsistent and that they were improvised on the campaign trail. Drawing on interviews from as far back as 1980, the historians Charlie Laderman and Brendan Simms show that this assumption is dangerously false.
Laderman and Simms reveal that Trump has had a consistent position on international trade and America’s alliances since he first flirted with the idea of running for president in the late 1980s. Furthermore, his foreign policy views have deep roots in American history.
This book sketches out the worldview that Trump brings to the Oval Office, assembling the sources so that readers can also form their own view of it.
It reveals how his position was formed, what might result if it is applied in policy terms and the potential consequences for the rest of the world.
A brilliant, inclusive analysis.
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Trump presidency and what it means for the rest of us.
Sir Christopher Clark
This book does a great service in identifying the genesis of President Trump’s worldview, based on his words, and considering its likely impact on the future of American foreign policy and the western alliance.
Professor John Bew