American Empire

American Empire

The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

Book - 2002
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In a challenging book, Andrew Bacevich reconsiders the assumptions and purposes governing the exercise of American global power. Examining the presidencies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton - as well as George W. Bush's first year in office - he demolishes the view that the United States has failed to devise a replacement for containment as a basis for foreign policy. He finds instead that successive post-Cold War administrations have adhered to a well-defined strategy of openness. Motivated by the imperative of economic expansionism, that strategy aims to foster an open and integrated international order, thereby perpetuating the undisputed primacy of the world's sole remaining superpower. Moreover, openness is not a new strategy, but has been an abiding preoccupation of policymakers as far back as Woodrow Wilson.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780674009400
Branch Call Number: 327.73 BACEVICH
Characteristics: ix, 302 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 24, 2012

A well written and well researched book. It illuminates the difference between perception and reality in American politics and their use of the military. Any person with an interest in American history will find this book very appealing. The topic of American dominance throughout the world is well documented yet this is a book that stands out. Andrew Bacevich has done a great job. This is a great example of thinking outside the box.


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