Hijacks, Hijinks, History and Hillary

Over the past year I have been commissioned to produce a number of papers on the current state of affairs in the United States for the publication, Political Insight. 

I am pleased to present the second of these for you here:

Hijacks, Hijinks, History and Hillary

I hope you enjoy it

Clinton’s Grand Strategy Lauded as ‘Excellent’

My first book, Clinton’s Grand Strategy, has been reviewed by the internationally recognised Journal of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) by the acclaimed academic, Professor John Dumbrell. The book, which addresses the development and implementation of US grand strategy in the immediate post-Cold War era, was lauded as being ‘excellent,’ and was praised for its ‘extensive interviews with former members of the Clinton administration.’

The review notes that, ‘Following Boys’ lead, we might indeed argue that contemporary debates within US foreign policy can usefully be studied through the lens of the Clinton years.’ This is, indeed, the focus of my continuing work and will be adopted in my forthcoming publication, Clinton’s War on Terror to be released by Lynne Rienner in 2018.

Clinton’s Grand Strategy may be purchased from Amazon.co.uk as well as from Amazon.com


Final Cover

Forthcoming Events

I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to participate in a series of exciting ventures in the coming weeks and months, focused on my recent publication, Hillary Rising (Biteback, 2016) and the US presidential election.

On July 24 I will be speaking at the Lewes Speakers Festival

In October I will be addressing the Isle of White Literary Festival.


Hillary Rising revised cover


New Research Published

As some of you know, along with my continuing research into the Clinton administration, I have been working on a project to compare and contrast the Nixon and Obama administrations and their use of wars of choice.

I am delighted that the second paper in this series has now been published and invite you to read it, along with the first paper and my other academic pieces HERE

I hope you find the work to be both interesting and challenging and welcome your thoughts.


Hillary Rising


I am delighted to announce that my second book will be published on January 7, 2016 by Biteback. Titled, Hillary Rising, the book will be a timely examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her rise to her current position as presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the presidential election of 2016.

On 12th April 2015, Hillary Clinton announced that she would run for President in 2016, casting herself as the ‘champion of everyday Americans’. After three decades of public life and intense media scrutiny, what drives this most intriguing and polarising of political figures? What kind of president will she make?

My new political biography will be a clear-sighted, non-partisan analysis of Hillary Clinton’s rise to power, tracing her path from Republican adolescent to First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and Presidential candidate to uncover her core principles and her political ideology.

As the only book on Hillary’s life and career by an expert on Bill Clinton’s presidency, it draws on original interviews with close associates of both Clintons and on a wealth of recently declassified materials from the Clinton archive to reveal the continuities and differences between Hillary and Bill, and whether it is realistic to talk of a ‘Clinton dynasty’.

Hillary Rising can be pre-ordered NOW from Amazon HERE



Clinton’s War on Terror

Right, it’s been a turbulent few months (if not a whole year, frankly), with many highs and some awful lows, but hopefully things are back on track here at JDB HQ.

The sun is shining, the birds are in the trees and the sky is blue. I’m delighted to announce that my latest academic article, ‘The Presidential Manipulation of Inherited Wars of Choice: Barack Obama’s Use of Nixonian Methods as Commander in Chief,’ will finally be published in the October edition (42/3) of Congress and the Presidency.

Even more importantly, I have signed a book contract that will continue my research into the Clinton administration. Building upon the recent success of Clinton’s Grand Strategy, I will be developing Clinton’s War on Terror for Lynne Rienner Publications, with an anticipated publication date of 2018.

I will be bringing more details of these and other projects to this web site as soon as they develop in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!