What good is grand strategy power and purpose in american statecraft from harry s truman to george w bush hal brands on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers grand strategy is one of the most widely used and abused concepts in the foreign policy lexicon in this important book. In this important book hal brands explains why grand strategy is a concept that is so alluring and so elusive to those who make american statecraft he explores what grand strategy is why it is so essential and why it is so hard to get right amid the turbulence of global affairs and the chaos of domestic politics. In what good is grand strategy hal brands analyzes the way four presidents conceived of grand strategy harry s truman richard m nixon and ronald reagan tried to put some order and purpose to the conduct of american foreign policy during key moments of the cold war while george w bush sought to create a framework in which he could . This remarkable book catapults brands into the foremost ranks of a new generation of us strategic thinkers brands brilliantly combines an analysis of the grand strategies of selected presidents harry truman dwight eisenhower richard nixon ronald reagan and george w bush with an investigation into the nature and value of the very concept of grand strategy. As is true of all good books what good is grand strategy power and purpose in american statecraft from harry s truman to george w bush has weaknesses a major one is the manner in which brands depicts each of the four administrations studied as having a discrete grand strategy
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