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Mueller, John E.

Works: 42 works in 244 publications in 5 languages and 15,170 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Musical films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Film catalogs  Comedy films  Romance films  Dance films  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Other, Producer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John E Mueller
Swing Time by RKO Radio Pictures( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer
War, presidents, and public opinion by John E Mueller( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overblown : how politicians and the terrorism industry inflate national security threats, and why we believe them by John E Mueller( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why have there been no terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11' It is ridiculously easy for a single person with a bomb-filled backpack, or a single explosives-laden automobile, to launch an attack. So why hasn't it happened' The answer is surely not the Department of Homeland Security, which cannot stop terrorists from entering the country, legally or otherwise. It is surely not the Iraq war, which has stoked the hatred of Muslim extremists around the world and wasted many thousands of lives. Terrorist attacks have been regular events for many years -- usually killing handfuls of people, occasionally more than that. Is it possible that there is a simple explanation for the peaceful American homefront' Is it possible that there are no al-Qaeda terrorists here' Is it possible that the war on terror has been a radical overreaction to a rare event' Consider: 80,000 Arab and Muslim immigrants have been subjected to fingerprinting and registration, and more than 5,000 foreign nationals have been imprisoned -- yet there has not been a single conviction for a terrorist crime in America. A handful of plots -- some deadly, some intercepted -- have plagued Europe and elsewhere, and even so, the death toll has been modest. We have gone to war in two countries and killed tens of thousands of people. We have launched a massive domestic wiretapping program and created vast databases of information once considered private. Politicians and pundits have berated us about national security and patriotic duty, while encroaching our freedoms and sending thousands of young men off to die. It is time to consider the hypothesis that dare not speak its name: we have wildly overreacted. Terrorism has been used by murderous groups for many decades, yet even including 9/11, the odds of an American being killed by international terrorism are microscopic. In general, international terrorism doesn't do much damage when considered in almost any reasonable context. The capacity of al-Qaeda or of any similar group to do damage in the United States pales in comparison to the capacity other dedicated enemies, particularly international Communism, have possessed in the past. Lashing out at the terrorist threat is frequently an exercise in self-flagellation because it is usually more expensive than the terrorist attack itself and because it gives the terrorists exactly what they are looking for. Much, probably most, of the money and effort expended on counterterrorism since 2001 (and before, for that matter) has been wasted. The terrorism industry and its allies in the White House and Congress have preyed on our fears and caused enormous damage. It is time to rethink the entire enterprise and spend much smaller amounts on only those things that do matter: intelligence, law enforcement, and disruption of radical groups overseas. Above all, it is time to stop playing into the terrorists' hands, by fear-mongering and helping spread terror itself
Astaire dancing : the musical films by John E Mueller( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1985 by Alfred A. Knopf, this book furnishes a detailed assessment of each of Astaire's 31 musical films and analysis of each musical number. Its 2344 frame pictures have been recaptured in far higher quality than in the original, and those from color films are presented in color
Retreat from doomsday : the obsolescence of major war by John E Mueller( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Capitalism, democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery by John E Mueller( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Democracy is overrated. Capitalism, on the other hand, doesn't get enough credit. In this book, John Mueller argues that these mismatches between image and reality create significant political and economic problems - inspiring instability, inefficiency, and widespread cynicism. We would be far better off, he writes, if we recognized that neither system is ideal or disastrous and accepted instead the humdrum truth that both are "pretty good." And, to Mueller, that means good enough. He declares that what is true of Garrison Keillor's fictional store "Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery" is also true of democracy and capitalism: if you can't get what you want there, "you can probably get along without it.""--Jacket
Atomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda by John E Mueller( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Mueller argues how our obsession with nuclear weapons is unsupported by history, scientific fact, or logic. Examining the entire atomic era, Mueller boldly contends that nuclear weapons have had little impact on history
Policy and opinion in the Gulf War by John E Mueller( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Persian Gulf crisis may well have been the most extensively polled episode in U.S. history as President Bush, his opponents, and even Saddam Hussein appealed to, and tried to influence, public opinion. As well documented as this phenomenon was, it remains largely unexplained. John Mueller provides an account of the complex relationship between American policy and public opinion during the Gulf crisis. Mueller analyzes key issues: the actual shallowness of public support for war the effect of public opinion on the media (rather than the other way around) the use and misuse of polls by policy makers the American popular focus on Hussein's ouster as a central purpose of the War and the War's short-lived impact on voting. Of particular interest is Mueller's conclusion that Bush succeeded in leading the country to war by increasingly convincing the public that it was inevitable, rather than right or wise. Throughout, Mueller, author of War, Presidents, and Public Opinion, an analysis of public opinion during the Korean and Vietnam wars, places this analysis of the Gulf crisis in a broad political and military context, making comparisons to wars in Panama, Vietnam, Korea, and the Falklands, as well as to World War II and even the War of 1812. The book also collects nearly 300 tables charting public opinion through the Gulf crisis, making Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War an essential reference for anyone interested in recent American politics, foreign policy, public opinion, and survey research
Trends in public opinion : a compendium of survey data by Richard G Niemi( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The remnants of war by John E Mueller( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"War is one of the great themes of human history, and now, John Mueller believes, it is clearly declining. Developed nations have generally abandoned it as a way for conducting their relations with other countries, and most current warfare (though not all) is opportunistic predation waged by packs - often remarkably small ones - of criminals and bullies. Thus, argues Mueller, war has been substantially reduced to its remnants - or dregs - and thugs are the residual combatants."--Jacket
The strategy of rhetoric : campaigning for the American Constitution by William H Riker( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, the last work of an eminent political scientist, is an innovative study of persuasion in a landmark political event: the 1787-88 campaign to ratify the United States Constitution. William Riker uses both historical and rational choice analysis to examine the rhetoric and strategic manipulations used in this campaign, and he points out patterns and principles that should be applicable to political campaigns in general. Riker examines the campaign's rhetoric and derives strategic principles that seem to guide campaigners. These principles explain, among other things, the frequent reliance on negative themes in campaigns. He also investigates what he calls "heresthetic"--How campaigners structured situations so that their preferred outcome was more likely to occur. He discusses several heresthetical maneuvers that made the Federalists' narrow victory possible, such as their proposal of a constitution that was broader than most citizens would have preferred, and their design of the ratification process as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, so that they could prevent any ratifying state from altering it. Riker concludes by examining the relationship between rhetoric and heresthetic. He shows that both were necessary for the Federalist victory: rhetoric, to build support for Federalist positions, and heresthetic, to structure the choice process so that this level of support would be sufficient. His analysis yields a new understanding of the ratification campaign, and the tools and approaches he develops lead toward the further development of the science of political campaigns, of political rhetoric generally, and of the art and science of heresthetic
Approaches to measurement in international relations; a non-evangelical survey by John E Mueller( Book )

12 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terror, security, and money : balancing the risks, benefits, and costs of homeland security by John E Mueller( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Terrorism, Security, and Money, John Mueller, one of America's most trenchant critics of America's drive for enhanced security at all costs, teams up with Mark Stewart, a civil engineering professor and recognized authority on risk assessment for the built infrastructure, to put forth a more rational and cost-effective approach to managing domestic security. Instead of offering a critical account of the situation we're in, Mueller and Stewart instead focus on providingsolutions based on the risk assessment science
Peace, prosperity, and politics by John E Mueller( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"But less benign forces also persist. Ethnic conflict continues to plague the world, and a new challenge to the international order could be launched by an emergent or resurgent state. Moreover, the positive prospects of the global economy are not yet available for all nations. As a result, politics - political choice - remains important." "In this book, a group of political scientists, economists, and historians assess important developments."--Jacket
Chasing ghosts : the policing of terrorism by John E Mueller( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quiet cataclysm : reflections on the recent transformation of world politics by John E Mueller( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting on the transformation of world politics that occurred with the end of the Cold War, this book assesses how this change happened, how it changes our views of the past and what it suggests about the future. it also asserts that the world's problems - using examples like the Cold War, the theory of Containment and democracy - are often mere reflections of differences of ideas. Like ideas, tense political situations can change rather quickly without big means and particularly without war. This book also finds that military considerations are often substantially less relevant than economic concerns to the central issues of international politics
War and ideas : selected essays by John E Mueller( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book collects the key essays, together with updating notes and commentary, of Professor John Mueller on war and the role of ideas and opinions. Mueller has maintained that war (and peace) are, in essence, merely ideas, and that war has waned as the notion that 'peace' is a decidedly good idea has gained currency. The first part of the book extends this argument, noting that as ideas have spread, war is losing out not only in the developed world, but now in the developing one, and that even civil war is in marked decline. It also assesses and critiques theories arguing that this phenomenon is caused by the rising acceptance of democracy and/or capitalism. The second part argues that the Cold War was at base a clash of ideas that were seen to be threatening, not of arms balances, domestic systems, geography, or international structure. It also maintains that there has been a considerable tendency to exaggerate security threats currently, in particular, the one presented by international terrorism and to see them in excessively military terms. The third section deals with the role public opinion plays in foreign policy, and argues that many earlier conclusions about opinion during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, including especially ones concerning the importance of casualties in determining popular support for war, apply to more recent military ventures in the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It also assesses the difficulties leaders and idea entrepreneurs often encounter when they try to manage or manipulate public opinion. This book will be of much interest to students of international relations, security studies, foreign policy and international history"--Provided by publisher
Films on ballet and modern dance : notes and a directory by John E Mueller( Book )

5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dangerous world? : threat perception and U.S. national security by Christopher A Preble( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2013, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey stated that the world is "more dangerous than it has ever been." Is this accurate? Do we live in a world that is uniquely dangerous? Is it possible that the many threats and dangers promoted by policymakers and the media are exaggerated or overblown? In this timely edited volume, experts on international security assess - and put into context - the supposed dangers to American security. The authors examine the most frequently referenced threats, including wars between nations and civil wars within nations, and discuss the impact of rising nations, weapons proliferation, general unrest, terrorism, transnational crime, and state failures
Deterrence, numbers and history by John E Mueller( Book )

4 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Overblown : how politicians and the terrorism industry inflate national security threats, and why we believe them
Alternative Names
John Mueller Amerikaans politicoloog

Mueller, John.

Mueller, John 1937-

Mueller, John E.

Mueller, John Ernest 1937-

Mueller, John (John E.)

Джон Мюллер

Мюллер, Джон

Capitalism, democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good GroceryAtomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-QaedaPolicy and opinion in the Gulf WarTrends in public opinion : a compendium of survey dataThe remnants of warThe strategy of rhetoric : campaigning for the American ConstitutionTerror, security, and money : balancing the risks, benefits, and costs of homeland securityPeace, prosperity, and politicsWar and ideas : selected essays