In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.
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Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist." It also received the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Logevall's commentary has been featured on BBC, CBS, CNN International, and National Public Radio, and his reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. In 2014, he served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
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