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What Terrorist Threat?
David W. Thornton, on Jessica Stern's The Ultimate Terrorist: "Stern’s volume is powerfully suggestive of what in all probability will be a potent and dangerous force during the coming century – terrorists willing and able to employ weapons of mass destruction in pursuit of their political and ideological aims." [Summer 1999]

The Washington-Tel Aviv Axis
Paul Sullivan on
Abraham Ben-Zvi's Decade of Transition: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance:
Washington began to realize that the Israelis might end up its strongest, most stable ally and anti-Communist bulwark in the Middle East." [Summer 1999]

Elsewhere in this issue:

The Electronic Herd vs. The Tortoise

The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
By Thomas L. Friedman (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999. Pp. xix, 394. $27.50 cloth.)

“The breakdown of barriers to the movement of money, information, and technology has created a new international system. Some societies can avoid the impact of the new system—which can have effects that are brutalizing as well as life-enhancing—but only for the time being, and at great cost to themselves and their neighbors.” [FULL TEXT]

The Diplomatic Sage of Monticello

Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire
By Lawrence S. Kaplan (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1999. Pp. xvii, 198 . $50 cloth; $17.95 paper.)

Jefferson's longtime Francophilia was motivated more by his desire to free the United States from the economic clutches of George III than a love for Louis XVI or Napoleon. America's interests would be fostered by a positive relationship with Versailles as a substitute and buffer from Britain and by western continental expansion.” [FULL TEXT]

Where Are the Cubans in This War?

The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography
By Louis A. Perez, Jr. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Pp. xvi, 168 . $16.95 paper.)

The American people wanted a war to free Cuba. But Washington did not go to war to free Cuba, but to control it, dressing its purpose in the colorful outrage of the American people. The people at the time, and historians ever since, bought it hook, line, and sinker.[FULL TEXT]

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