Fowler Authors New Book on Foreign Policy Rhetoric

Ph.D. student Randall Fowler is the author of a new book published by the University of Nebraska Press imprint Potomac Books. Entitled More Than a Doctrine: The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East, Fowler's book addresses the questions, How did Eisenhower justify this intervention to an American public wary of foreign entanglements? Why did he boldly issue the doctrine that bears his name? And, most important, how has Eisenhower’s rhetoric continued to influence American policy and perception of the Middle East? With the expansion of America’s global influence and the executive branch’s power, presidential rhetoric has become an increasingly important tool in U.S. foreign policy—nowhere more so than in the Middle East. By examining Eisenhower’s rhetoric, More Than a Doctrineexplores how the argumentative origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine Address continue to impact us today.

From the publisher:

“Randall Fowler’s timely and provocative book addresses an important and enduring question: How did Americans come to see the Middle East as an area of vital U.S. interest? . . . Grounded in the most important case studies of the 1950s, More Than a Doctrine illuminates the long-term significance of this critical turning point in American globalism, which set the stage for decades of regional entanglement.”—Kenneth Osgood, author of Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad

“Deeply researched and cogently argued. . . . This study could not come at a more appropriate time.”—Jerry M. Long, associate professor in the Honors College and director of Middle East Studies at Baylor University and author of Saddam’s War of Words: Politics, Religion, and the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait

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