The lessons Zakaria learns from the example of America have useful applications to contemporary political science; one might consider, for example, the ways in which a politically unified Germany or a economically powerful Japan differs from the 19th-century America that was politically and economically strong; the presence of both qualities would appear to be required for a nation to flex its muscles on the international scene. Although it never quite completely answers the "why," From Wealth to Power does extremely well on the "how" and the even more important "so?" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book provides a very good study on the years just before the US burst upon the world stage as a major player in global affairs. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bookandfilmnut
This is a difficult subject for me to master. Zakaria does an incredible job of presenting this challenging information and relating it to our everyday life.Published 23 months ago by Karyn Packard
I'm not a political scientist so this was a slow read for me. It's thought provoking however and is an interesting oversight of late nineteenth century American history. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Mark E. Peterson
Zakaria offers a new angle for analysis of foreign policy through eyeing "State Centered Realsim". For those who are tired of reading defensive realists, the book offers easy and... Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Daniel Berman