"Compact but still reasonably detailed as well as illuminating. . . . Traces the broad lines of the national experience placing them with knowledge and balance within the context of global transformations."
Richerche Distoria Politica
"Displays an impressive command of the historical literature, an ability to tackle important contemporary questions, and a capacity to make connections about disparate problems in American history. . . . Hunt's informed review of how the U.S. reached its present dilemma will provide a much-needed historical perspective. Policy makers would do well to ponder this sobering record of how a national search for ascendancy can produce as many intractable problems as it solves."
Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"A provocative book. . . . An impressively argued interpretation."
The International History Review
"A masterly overview of America's rise to its current status. . . . Given this outstanding book's breadth--both its temporal scope and the issues covered--a brief review cannot do it justice."
The Journal of American History
"Hunt is a serious scholar, and there is much to learn from and about his explanation of America's ascendancy. . . . [A] sound study."
"Provides crucial insights into the nation's controversial role in the world today and prospects for the durability of U.S. power."
Carolina Arts & Sciences
"[An] engaging history of the United States' rise to global dominance."
"With a fascinating subject and a lively writing style, he offers an important contribution to the current debate about the United States' position in the world."
Piero Gleijeses, Johns Hopkins University
"Michael Hunt does not disappoint."
Marilyn Young, New York University
"Broadly conceived, beautifully organized, lucidly written, and richly documented. . . . Essential."
From the Inside Flap
Contents Introduction: Framing the Question
1. Nineteenth-Century Foundations
2. Grand Projects, 1898-1920
3. The American Way in a Fragmenting World, 1921-1940
4. Reaching for Geopolitical Dominance, 1941-1968
5. In the American Image, 1941-1968
6. The Third-World Challenge, 1941-1968
7. Disoriented Giant, 1968-1991
8. The Neoliberal Triumph, 1991-
Conclusion: Hegemony in Question
A Guide to the Literature
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