American Empire

American Empire

The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

Book - 2002
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International relations expert Andrew Bacevich reconsiders the assumptions and purposes governing the exercise of American global power. He finds 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 has been an abiding preoccupation of policymakers as far back as Woodrow Wilson. Although based on expectations that eliminating barriers to the movement of trade, capital, and ideas nurtures not only affluence but also democracy, the aggressive pursuit of openness has met considerable resistance. To overcome that resistance, U.S. policymakers have with increasing frequency resorted to force, resulting in the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy. Bacevich maintains that this drive for openness is in fact aimed at erecting a global imperium.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780674009400
Branch Call Number: 327.73 BACEVICH
Characteristics: ix, 302 pages ; 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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