"A serious, well-grounded treatment of national security policymaking at the presidential level. We have had precious few of similar quality since the 1970s."—I. M. Destler, Maryland School of Public Affairs
"A very sophisticated study of policymaking that captures key factors in a coherent, comprehensive, and dynamic form. The portraits of presidential style, organization, and politics are empirically and theoretically rich."—Erwin Hargrove, Vanderbilt University
"Do bureaucracies or presidents run foreign policy? The answer has long been debated. But in this important study of the Carter, Reagan, and first Bush administrations, William Newmann rightly argues that both process and the president are vital to understanding how our government reaches its crucial foreign policy decisions."—Ivo H. Daalder, The Brookings Institution
“Newmann provides a novel approach for understanding U.S. national security decision-making processes in a president’s first term. After an impressive discussion and synthesis of previous literature, the author makes a strong argument that all presidents (in varying degrees) move to reassert control within their administrations. Highly recommended.”--Choice
“Newmann presents a compelling analysis; his strengths lie in the depth of his research, his mastery of the scholarly literature, and the rigor of his analysis. Any student of national security policymaking would benefit from reading this book.”James P. Pfiffner, George Mason Univ.
Political Science Quarterly, Fall 2004