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 24 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 on November 20, 2012 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