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Teaching Common Sense

Author : Linda Kulman
ISBN : 1632260689
Genre : Political Science
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The Grand Strategy Program at Yale was founded in 2000 by Professors John Lewis Gaddis, Yale’s Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History and director of the program; Paul M. Kennedy, the university’s J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of British History and founding director of Yale’s International Security Studies Program (ISS); and Charles Hill, a "practitioner” professor who distinguished himself as a career Foreign Service officer before coming to Yale to teach full time. Two years before he joined its faculty as a practitioner professor in 2013, New York Times columnist David Brooks described the seminar as "the best course in America.” The class has been the subject of articles and blog posts in the Wall Street Journal, the Nation, and the New Republic. Most significantly GS attracted the notice of Nicholas F. Brady (Yale, ’52) and Charles Johnson (Yale, ’54), who endowed the program in 2006. Brady, the longtime senior partner at a leading Wall Street investment banking firm, US senator, and treasury secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, is best known for the Brady Plan, which resolved the 1980s international debt crisis. He went on to found Darby Overseas Investments, a pioneer in emerging markets private equity investment. Johnson is the retired chairman of Franklin Resources, a money management company that he led for nearly fifty years. One of the largest single-gift donors in Yale’s history--for the construction of its two new colleges --Johnson also underwrote renovations in Yale’s athletic facilities and the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, which supports research in the Kissinger papers at Yale. Brady and Johnson believe that the Grand Strategy course fills a void in American higher education. "Colleges are turning out hothouse flowers,” Brady said. "These overstudied, underexposed students need a course in common sense.” As he wrote in a monograph on common sense (defined as "sound, practical judgment in everyday matters”) it’s "a key ingredient in the best leadership.” "If you don’t teach leadership and people aren’t exposed to it,” Johnson added, "they don’t even know what they missed.” Gaddis, Kennedy, and Hill, each of whom is now a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, built GS in response to Kissinger’s observation that "the convictions that leaders have formed before reaching high office are the intellectual capital they will consume as long as they continue in office.” In its fifteenth year, the Grand Strategy Program is as recognizable to Yalies as the letter Y and the school’s bulldog mascot, Handsome Dan. High school students often hear about the program even before they apply to Yale. Along with cultivating leadership skills the Brady-Johnson Program offers students a worldview. Many of the approximately five hundred women and men who have completed the program and are ascending the ladders of government, nonprofits, the US military, universities, and the corporate sector describe it as one of their most formative Yale classes--influencing them not just professionally, as might be expected, but also, personally. One former student related the GS model back to Carl von Clausewitz’s idea of "leverage”--applying a small amount of force to make a difference. "You invest all this, and this group of people will then go off and change the world. The teaching is not the end in itself. In order to do that well, you can’t take people who don’t have a natural inclination to leadership. It’s not making leaders out of nothing. It’s accelerating that. The idea is that we’ll have a community within ourselves and develop each other.” The big thing it does is scope. It takes [students] five feet off the ground and puts them at five hundred feet.

The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost

Author : Molly Worthen
ISBN : 0547347685
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Psychologically astute and passionately written, Molly Worthen’s remarkable debut charts the intricate relationship between student and teacher, biographer and subject. As a Yale freshman, Worthen found herself deeply fascinated by worldly-wise professor Charles Hill, a former diplomat who had shaped American foreign policy in his forty-year career as an adviser to Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, among others. Hill was never afraid to tell students how to think or what to do, and the Grand Strategy seminar he co-taught had developed a cult following. The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost is at once the biography of a political insider and the story of how its author evolved as she wrote it. In a moving, highly original work, Worthen conveys the joy and the heartache of uncovering the human being behind one’s idol.

Australia And China At 40

Author : James Reilly
ISBN : 9781742245911
Genre : History
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To mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the PeopleOCOs Republic of China, expert writers from both countries have come together to analyze their relationship, addressing the question on many Australian minds: aHow should Australia respond to the seemingly unstoppable and dazzlingly swift rise of China? Highlighting security and economic issues, trade and investment, and political, diplomatic, and strategic challenges, this book examines the implications of AustraliaOCOs deepening engagement with China andatakes on bigaquestions, such as Could this global powerhouse become a military threat? and Will these two countries have healthy trade and diplomatic relations and a genuine, robust dialogue

Get What S Yours

Author : Laurence J. Kotlikoff
ISBN : 9781476772295
Genre : Business & Economics
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Helps those nearing retirement make the best decisions about their Social Security benefits by detailing techniques and options like “file and suspend” and “start stop start” to maximize their benefit income for a variety of different life situations.

Dear Socks Dear Buddy

Author : Hillary Rodham Clinton
ISBN : 9780684857787
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Collects children's letters to the White House dog and cat

On China

Author : Henry Kissinger
ISBN : 9780141049427
Genre : China
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In 1971 Henry Kissinger took the historic step of reopening relations between China and the West, and since then has been more intimately connected with the country at the highest level than any other western figure. This book distils his unique experience, examining China's history from the classical era to the present day, describing the essence of its millennia-old approach to diplomacy, strategy and negotiation, and reflecting on these attitudes for our own uncertain future. A new postscript for this edition examines the argument that China and the West are inevitably heading for confrontation, and outlines a strategy of cooperation and coevolution instead. 'The most famous living practitioner of international statecraft . . . On China is part grand historical tour, part riveting memoir and part analysis.' Philip Sherwell, Sunday Telegraph 'An epic and, in some places, surprisingly moving book on China . . . human reality is very much present in his warts-and-all portraits of Mao and Zhou.' Simon Schama, Financial Times 'Fascinating, shrewd . . . informed by Kissinger's intimate first-hand knowledge of several generations of Chinese leaders.' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 'An elegant and erudite insight into the new world superpower.' Rana Mitter, Observer 'Absorbing . . . part reminiscence, part reflection, part history, and part intuitive exploration.' Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books

The Prince

Author : Niccolò Machiavelli
ISBN : HARVARD:HN3AWZ
Genre : Political ethics
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