The Power Game by Joseph S., Jr. JR. Nye
A Washington Novel

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From a former US government insider comes this suspenseful debut novel, centring on the intrigues, deceptions and temptations of Washington politics Peter Cutler is a respected Princeton professor living a quiet academic life when an old college friend makes him an offer he can't refuse: The position of foreign policy advisor for Democratic presidential candidate Wayne Kent. Cutler takes the job and eagerly jumps into the political fray. When Kent wins the election, Cutler is thrilled to find himself Under-Secretary of State. But he soon discovers that the power politics of Washington are a far cry from the comforts of university life. In order to survive, he must participate in a ruthless tug of war in which everyone struggles to promote his own agenda. As Cutler becomes increasingly absorbed in the underhanded tactics of bureaucratic survival and the charms of an old girlfriend working in the Pentagon, his initial foreign policy goals recede into the background. Ultimately, the allure and hypocrisy of political life cause him to alienate everyone he cares about- and to make one life-altering political miscalculation.
 

About Joseph S., Jr. JR. Nye

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr., is Dean of the Faculty and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
 
Published November 1, 2004 by PublicAffairs. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the author writes, “[d]uring the Cold War, military deterrence helped to prevent Soviet aggression in Europe, while the soft power of culture and ideas ate away at belief in communism behind the Iron Curtain.” Soft power may be an appealing alternative to the military solutions common to hard-...

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A former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration, currently dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, optimistically predicts that the US will retain its current dominance in world affairs.

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We get a quick look at Peter’s childhood in Maine, then it’s on to grad school at Princeton, where Peter studies political science and makes a couple of enduring friendships: with Jim Childress, aspiring politician, and Ali Aziz, a Pakistani studying nuclear engineering.

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Nye argues that a dominant state needs both kinds of power, and that the current information revolution and the related phenomenon of globalization call for the exercise of soft more than hard power.

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But he shows how what he casts as their blindness to the significance of "soft" power seriously undermines hard power.

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Now in his new book comes an updated catchphrase: "smart power, the combination of the hard power of coercion and payment with the soft power of persuasion and attraction."

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Nye delivers sophisticated insight into what kinds of issues matter in Washington and how people in power battle them out.

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I was turning to a different question—about how power relates to morality whether it be soft power or hard power.

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