Suits and Ladders
ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY:
The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism.
By Julian E. Zelizer.
Basic. 583 pp. $35
Attuned to the debates of the moment, political observers rarely step back to view the antecedents of current controversy. This is especially true for complex packages of issues, as the fiasco over American health care reform illuTstrates. Yet a wide lens is crucial when dealing with interconnected issues such as foreign policy. In Arsenal of Democracy, Julian E. Zelizer affords us an opportunity to scan that far horizon, surveying the history of the politics of national security from the late 19th century onward.
At the outset Zelizer, a professor of history and public...