Current News

Berkowitz Book Reviews Published in Policy Review

Professor Peter Berkowitz is the author of two book reviews appearing in the Hoover Institution's Policy Review.

Berkowitz first reviews Will Marshall's With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty (Rowman and Littlefield, 252 pages), which presents essays by various writers on "the war of ideas, global terrorism, military culture, the health of the transatlantic alliance, the reform of the United Nations, the economic foundations of foreign policy, and the new configuration of ideas and sentiments among the rising generation in the Democratic Party." Berkowitz continues,"The chapters are united by the conviction that American foreign policy is in a state of crisis and that progressivism provides a stand-alone and self-sufficient perspective that generates a set overarching foreign policy imperatives and a cluster of specific policies."

Reviewing Peter Beinart's The Good Fight: Why Liberals--and Only Liberals--Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again (Harper Collins, 288 pages), Berkowitz states that Beinart "contends that one foreign policy school in America, and one alone, contains the whole truth about how to wage the war on terror. And one party, and one alone, provides the legitimate home for, and serves as the rightful guardian of, the principles and the policies that should guide America in its dealings with other nations." Berkowitz responds to that, saying, "That a partisan Democrat--or partisan Republican--would make such a claim for his party is hardly surprising. But that Beinart makes this chauvinistic claim in the name of 'liberalism's best traditions,' which surely includes the insistence upon the thoughtful appreciation of both the limits of one's own perspective and the partial truth in the perspective of one's rivals, is further testimony to the estrangement from liberalism's best traditions that afflicts today's Democrats."

War-Torn Democrats, Policy Review, August 1, 2006. By Peter Berkowitz.

Read the reviews