ANGELO M. CODEVILLA (1943—2021) was professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. He also taught at Georgetown University and Princeton University. Born in Italy in 1943, he became a U.S. citizen in 1962, married Ann Blaesser in 1966, and had five children. He served as a U.S. Navy officer, Foreign Service Officer, professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as on President Reagan’s transition teams for the State Department and Intelligence. Formerly a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, he was more recently a member of its working group on military history. He ran a vineyard in Plymouth, California.
Among Codevilla’s books are: War Ends and Means (with Paul Seabury, 1989); Informing Statecraft (1992); The Prince (Rethinking the Western Tradition) (1997); The Character of Nations, 2nd ed. (1997); Advice to War Presidents (2009); A Student’s Guide to International Relations (2010); and To Make and Keep Peace (2014).
Minding our own business, while leaving other peoples to mind theirs, was the basis of the United States’ successful foreign policy from 1815 to 1910. America’s Rise and Fall among Nations contrasts this original “America First” foreign policy with the principles and results of the following hundred years of “progressive” foreign policy which suddenly arrived with the election of Woodrow Wilson as president in 1912.