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UT Harrington Fellow co-authors a book on President Trump's worldview

Charles Laderman Feb 01, 2017

In their new book, UT Harrington Fellow Charlie Laderman and Cambridge University's Brendan Simms take an historical approach to understanding President Trump's worldview, drawing from interviews as far back as 1980. 

Summary: In Donald Trump: The Making of a World View, Laderman and Simms reveal that President Trump has had a consistent position on international trade and America’s alliances since he first flirted with the idea of running for president in the late 1980s. Furthermore, his foreign policy views have deep roots in American history. This book explores how the worldview of the 45th President of the United States was formed, what might result if it is applied in policy terms and the potential consequences for the rest of the world.

The book is available on Amazon

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"In this insightful study, Laderman and Simms expose the contours of Donald Trump's thinking on foreign policy and explore its roots in US history since 1945. This book refutes the widespread view that Trump can  simply be dismissed as an improviser and a showman. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Trump presidency and what it means for the rest of us."

-Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History, University of Cambridge

"In a world of instant analysis, we need our best historians and scholars to train their eyes upon the changing global landscape. This book does a great service in identifying the genesis of President Trump's worldview, based on his words, and considering its likely impact on the future of American foreign policy and the western alliance."

-John Bew, Professor in History and Foreign Policy, War Studies Department, King’s College, London



Dr. Charlie Laderman is currently a UT Harrington Fellow with the Clements Center for National Security and LBJ School of Public Affairs. He joins us from the War Studies Department at King's College, London. He was previously a Research Fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies. His research focuses on 19th and 20th century America and its relations with the wider world, with an emphasis on the intersection between U.S. and International History and the interconnection between U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics.

Dr. Brendan Simms lectures for MPhil in International Relations on the History of European Geopolitics and leads seminar groups on the same subject at Cambridge University. He also lectures to the Faculty of History on geopolitics and the primacy of foreign policy. He supervises MPhil and PhD theses for both POLIS and the Faculty of History, which deal primarily with German and British history in its international context, and the history of humanitarian intervention.