Beginning with the original intentions of the Founding Fathers and the various interpretations of those ideals over the years, he deconstructs the role of the U.S. in global affairs, questioning both the logic and motives of how the nation deals with friend and foe. One of McDougall's major contentions centers on efforts to affect other countries' policies and governments by projecting U.S. standards or choices on them. He is particularly concerned with what he views as an overextension of resources and wisdom, and the glaring hypocrisy such efforts reveal. He points to several examples of how time and energy was wasted trying to change those who were uninterested or unwilling. As McDougall points out lucidly and convincingly in Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter With the World Since 1776, one nation cannot cure the major ills of another, and the price of such an attempt is too great to risk. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had to read this book for an undergraduate history course.
Only after appreciating this reality can one hope of understanding the basic tenets of American foreign policy and make sense of its apparent schizophrenia.
Since America won the Cold War, there has been great confusion over what principles should guide our Foreign Policy.
An interpretation of U.S. history so excellent that I bought this book for my brother (I'm hanging on to my copy.).Published 1 month ago by Theodore Kobernick
I am greatly pleased with finding and receiving this book. I was not aware of this book but thanks to this seller, I have a great respect for Walter McDougall and his knowledge of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phillip Lund
excellent, interesting and challenging book...causes the reader to think about all the things --myths among them -- taught in high school history classes.Published 22 months ago by jbsdad
I had to read this book for an undergraduate history course. It is an excellent presentation of the events, ideas, and personalities that have shaped American foreign policy since... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by R. Taylor
Promised Land, Crusader State is an excellent work that seeks to define the dominant US foreign policy traditions. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by N. Crain
Temp review for the quick read I did as I just sold the book:
Well written for the most part, easy to follow. Read more
People wondering what got into the United States to go to war against Iraq in 2003 find it informative that in 1997 an analyst of U.S. Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Joseph Ryan
Walter McDougall's 1998 diplomatic history, "Promised Land, Crusader State", is a highly accessible examination of "the American encounter with the world since 1776. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by D.S.Thurlow
This book is a bit dated, 9-11 was still four years away when it was published, but it does provide an insightful analysis of American foreign policy that holds true even since... Read morePublished on May 3, 2008 by J. Lindner