In the last couple of years, I’ve tortured myself with books about politics. Tortured through either books that look at things done well in the past, or looking at the current US president and the things he is doing completely wrong.
The Empty Throne, by Daadler & Lindsay, looks at foreign policy and the ways that Trump (and previous presidents to a lesser extent) have failed in that foreign policy. The Next Decade, by George Friedman, which I am just finishing, also looks at foreign policy and suggest goals for the upcoming decade (the book was written a decade ago, so he was talking about the 2010s). Somehow, I don’t think he took Trump into consideration
In both books, foreign policy is described in very pragmatic terms of playing other countries off of each other for the benefit of the US, not going for the idealistic goals of improving other countries and encouraging democracy around the world. The Empty throne then looks at Trump’s actions in relation to foreign policy, and especially his behaviour towards Russia and North Korea and Iran, as well as his hostility towards traditional allies, and Trump comes up looking very foolish, if not downright dangerous.
And the sad thing is, if the author was writing the book today, he would have even more material. He might even be able to double the length of the book.
I would definitely read a follow-up at the end of the Trump presidency, whether next year or in five years. No matter how tortuous it might be
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for letting me read this