Author of nearly 30 books in French and English and sometimes translated into other languages (Mandarin, Spanish, etc.), Charles-Philippe David, has published noteworthy books on peace, war, strategy, security questions and American politics. In this publication dedicated to the world’s leading power, he offers the keys to understanding US foreign policy since 1945. Thus the country’s apparently contradictory, even unusual decisions – notably in regards to intervention – take on their full meaning. The book otherwise analyzes the crises that the superpower has gone through (Indochina, Cuba, etc.). It also decodes the secrets of the White House, its advisors, its experts, the United States National Security Council and its rival administrations. Besides these topics, readers will find valuable data concerning Kissinger’s supremacy and the decisional balance sheet of President Obama and his team. This stock of knowledge on the American intelligence system is therefore indispensable.
Charles Philippe David, Au sein de la Maison-Blanche, De Truman à Obama, la formulation (imprévisible) de la politique étrangère des Etats-Unis, fully revised and expanded 3rd edition, Paris, Presses de Sc. Po, 2015, 1182 pages, including 144 pages of references, an index of names and 14 tables as well as appendices.