This historical examination of American foreign policy in the 20th century questions how we conduct wars, and how we maintain the proud self assurance known as "American exceptionalism." The Folly of War is a unique history book in that it does not accept as inevitable the existing narrative of America going to war. Instead it vigorously questions whether the war was necessary, whether the consequences of going to war were adequately discussed, and whether the war was successful.
Donald E. Schmidt has taught history and political science at the high school level and United State history, Political Science and Comparative Politics at the college level for 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in modern U.S. diplomatic history from California State University, Northridge. He notes,
“The title may make my book sound like it was written by an angry, long-haired, hippie-like professor. But on the contrary I am just a conservative Midwesterner who raised a family, loves simple things in life, but somehow found himself in a contentious and liberal-dominated profession, teaching in a leftist city - Los Angeles. (I voted for and defended Reagan in my history department - talk about stress! )
"The Midwestern culture in which I grew up placed a premium of integrity. The deceitful manipulation of the public that I see, starting in particular with FDR, sickens me. When I saw that Bush was heading into Iraq, I felt compelled to speak out. I am not about to turn this nation's tragic foreign policy around, but at least I can have my say."