Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics
Publisher: Harvard University Press | pages: 360 | 2006 | ISBN: 0674023242 | PDF | 11,5 mb
How do people decide which country came out ahead in a war or a crisis? Why, for instance, was the Mayaguez Incident in May 1975–where 41 U.S. soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in a botched hostage rescue mission–perceived as a triumph and the 1992-94 U.S. humanitarian intervention in Somalia, which saved thousands of lives, viewed as a disaster? In Failing to Win, Dominic Johnson and Dominic Tierney dissect the psychological factors that predispose leaders, media, and the public to perceive outcomes as victories or defeats–often creating wide gaps between perceptions and reality.