To Make and Keep Peace Among Ourselves and with All Nations

To Make and Keep Peace Among Ourselves and with All Nations

Author: Angelo Codevilla
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1714-2
Publication Date: 5/1/2014

Angelo Codevilla asks, What does it mean for the United States to be at peace? How is it to be won and preserved in our time? Noting that our government’s increasingly unlimited powers flow in part from our statesmen’s inability to stay out of wars or win them and that our statesmen and academics have ceased to think about such thing. the purpose of this book is to rekindle such thoughts.

The author reestablishes early American statecraft’s understanding of peace—what it takes to make it and what it takes to keep it. He reminds Americans why our founding generation placed the pursuit of peace ahead of all other objectives, excepting the “quiet and peaceable life” that peace would allow. Peace shows how they tried to keep the peace by drawing sharp lines between America’s business and that of others, as well as between peace and war. He shows how our  twentieth-century statesmen confused peace and war as well confusing the United States’ affairs with that of mankind’s. The result, he shows, has been endless war abroad and spiraling strife among Americans. Codevilla  provides intellectual guidelines for recovering the pursuit of peace as the guiding principle by which the US people and statesmen may navigate domestic as well as international affairs.

Angelo M. Codevilla is a professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, a member of the Hoover Institution’s working group on military history, and a fellow of the Claremont Institute. He was a US naval officer and Foreign Service officer and served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee as well as on presidential transition teams. Formerly a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, he is the author of thirteen books, including War: Ends and MeansInforming Statecraft, The Ruling Class, The Character of Nations, Advice to War Presidents, and A Student’s Guide to International Relations. His essays and op-eds, written in several languages, have appeared in major domestic and foreign magazines and newspapers. He is a student of the classics. Married since 1966, he has raised five children and now raises wine grapes commercially.

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Angelo Codevilla

Angelo Codevilla was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he helped to conceive the technology programs which became the Strategic Defense Initiative. He taught at Boston University and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Codevilla's books and articles range from French and Italian politics to the thoughts of Machiavelli and Montesquieu to arms control, war, the technology of ballistic missile defenses, and a broad range of international topics.

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