Walter Clemens

Walter C. Clemens, Jr. is associate, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Boston University. His most recent books are North Korea and the World: Human Rights, Arms Control, and Strategies for Negotiation (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016) and Complexity Science and World Affairs (SUNY Press, 2013). He has also written on U.S. relations with Russia and with China.

He studied at Moscow State University in 1958-59 and received his Ph.D. in International Relations at Columbia University.

Book Reviews by Walter Clemens

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Read this book and you will be more thankful and even proud to be part of the human race from which this woman (and her husband) emerged.

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The theory of the case made by attorney, curatorial journalist, and professor Seth Abramson is that Donald Trump and a core group of 10 to 20 aides, associates, and allies conspired with a hostile

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This book can be treasured by history buffs for its fascinating facts and the author’s graceful and engaging style.

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Jay Sexton puts American history in a global perspective.

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Fight for Liberty should be required reading for every college student—indeed, for every American and, regardless of their nationality, every person capable of reading and understanding th

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One of our era’s most popular artists and a leading art critic take us on a tour from cave paintings  to computer drawings.

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National security correspondent for the Washington Post Greg Miller has written an up-to-date account of Donald Trump, Putin’s Russia, and the subversion of American democracy. 

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Anyone seeking to understand the last years of the Cold War should read this book. The central figure is Oleg Gordievsky, now in his eighties and living in a (hopefully) safe house near London.

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Dealing with many if not all the main issues of existence, this work provides a valuable handbook of practical wisdom for any inhabitant of planet earth in the 21st century.

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Not only are things worse than you thought, but the country’s situation is nearly hopeless.

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What can we learn about the current president of the United States from his children?

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Was there a way for candidate Barack Obama to address chaos in Iraq while also calling for pursuit of Osama bin Laden lodged in a corner of putative partner Pakistan?

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“[This] book is a must not only for specialists but for any reader trying to understand how and why U.S.-Russian relations have gone from Bill Clinton’s embrace of Boris Yeltsin to confront

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Was classical Athens a democracy? If not, do some of its undemocratic ways continue to shape so-called democracies in the 21st century?

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“Who should read War on Peace? Anyone concerned with the fate of America and the world.”

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“Globalism contains the seeds of its own destruction.

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“There are three ways of influencing a person: blackmail, vodka, or the threat of murder.”  This view, attributed here to Vladimir Putin, casts a penumbra over the entire book.

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“Can it happen here? Absolutely. It has happened before. It will happen again. To many Americans, something like it is happening now.” This is the verdict of Harvard law professor Cass R.

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Robert Mueller’s investigations can stop. If they seek proof of a conspiracy between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign to determine the U.S.

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Addressing the movement toward populist authoritarianism in the United States and other countries around the globe, several recent studies refer to similar movements between the two world wars and

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Life is paradox: As Aesop noted, dogs enjoy greater security than wolves, but lack freedom. Wolves have more freedom than dogs but may be eaten by even stronger denizens of the wild.

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"Siskind provides a valuable reference work for the first year of the Trump presidency—judged the worst in U.S. history by leading political scientists."

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This handbook for peace makers distils and sums up a lifetime of analyzing international relations.

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How did a racist, anti-intellectual, anti-science orientation win control of the White House in 2017?

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Masha Gessen will inform you not only about Putin’s Russia but will also take you deep into a society where many, if not most, people desire a strong leader.