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Publisher's Summary

From Lt General H.R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor during Trump’s administration, a bold assessment of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges of our age. 

There has been a shift in power since the end of the Cold War. In Battlegrounds, best-selling author, commander, scholar and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster examines the rising strength of Russia and China, the threat from hostile states Iran and North Korea, the complex battlegrounds in South Asia and the Middle East, and the new arenas of international competition - space, cyberspace and emerging technology.

How can foreign policy, which has across multiple administrations proved itself outdated, misconceived, inconsistent and poorly implemented, be transformed to face the challenges of today? How can Western countries like America and the UK stay relevant, secure and humane? How can we abandon what McMaster calls ‘Strategic Narcissism’ in favour of ‘Strategic Empathy’ - an approach that relies on understanding other nations’ motivations and ideologies?

A groundbreaking reassessment of international security and survival, McMaster gives vital insight to life inside the most powerful office and military force in the world, and makes bold arguments for how to achieve a safer, more peaceful future.

©2020 H.R. McMaster (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A stunning book: eloquent and highly effective. The word noble would not be going too far." (Paul Fussell, author of The Great War & Modern Memory)

"Well-written and full of enlightening new details […] Significantly to the historical record of a great national failure." (Arnold R. Isaacs, Washington Post)

"Carefully researched and vividly narrated, H.R. McMaster's book adds a new and disturbing dimension to an understanding of the decisions that propelled us into the Vietnam war. It should be read by anyone interested in the origins of one of the great tragedies in American history." (Stanley Karnow, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Vietnam: A History)  

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Intelligent, insightful, and well written

This book is not about petty domestic politics, or cheap talking points. In short it is an intelligent individuals attempt to better educate the population on a particular world perspective. It is a must have, and you'll be better off for reading/listening to it.

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Thorough and insightful but depressing

The writer thoroughly covers current and potential threats to the Free World.

His central theme of ‘Strategic Narcissism’ is a valuable one and explains the continual missteps of both liberal and conservative US Administrations.

While not within the author’s already wide scope, his insights raise an even more fundamental question: Given the runaway internal cultural changes with the US and the West generally; what ideals are we now supposed to be defending; and are they worth it?

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  • 13-01-2021

For anyone who is even remotely interested in Geopolitics

Thoughtful, genuine, realistic, insightful analysis & commentary by a military historian with skin in the game.

Read by the author, which contributes to the work’s authenticity.

Recommended for those not interested in biased rhetoric.

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  • 17-12-2020

A must read if you are into modern politics

I read a lot of books but this one has absolutely raised the bar. A very informative and unbiased study of global politics and the role of the United States as the world leader.

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