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The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future Hardcover – July 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199782415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199782413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pastor presses his case with intelligence and good humor, marshaling data to demonstrate that all three nations would be better off adopting cooperative solutions to common problems...His book constitutes a brave master plan, a bright vision to challenge and enlighten future generations." -- Foreign Affairs


"The North American Idea is a brilliant work offering a creative vision of
North America's future. Buttressed by masterful scholarship, it is profoundly
challenging and politically insightful." - Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. National Security Advisor (1977-1981)


"The North American Idea is a 'big idea' book that no one could have written as well as Robert Pastor. He knows the substance and the sensitivities better than anyone. The idea's time has not yet come, but the book's certainly has." - Jorge Castañeda, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (2000-2003)


"The future of the United States is, in many ways, linked to the future of its North American neighbors on security, economic, and political issues. Robert Pastor has done a superb job of bringing these issues to the forefront and raising insightful questions about how far the United States, Canada, and Mexico should integrate themselves. How these questions are answered will help determine the competitiveness of all three countries in the global economy." - James A. Baker III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State and 67th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury


"Business and boldness led Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.A. to come together in NAFTA - for economic reasons. Robert Pastor argues that our continent is much more than just an economy. He spells out both the logic, and the logistics, of making much more of the enormous potential of the North American community, while respecting national sovereignty and identity. And he poses the critical question: are we bold enough?" - The Right Honorable Joe Clark, 16th Prime Minister of Canada


About the Author


Robert A. Pastor is Professor of International Relations and Founder and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. He served on the National Security Council and as a Consultant to the State and Defense Departments. He is the author of sixteen other books, including Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy to Latin America and A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World.


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Robert A. Pastor is Professor of International Relations and Founder and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. He served on the National Security Council and as a Consultant to the State and Defense Departments. He is the author of sixteen other books, including Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy to Latin America and A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Omar Chavez on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The World is changing. With technology growing and business becoming more global,the future Economic and National Security of the US will be dependent on cooperation with our neighbors to the North and South. This book makes a compelling case for the future and while it might not happen in our generation, it will happen one day. The World is changing and we can't go forward and make progress as Human beings while being held back by arbitrary political borders and nostalgia for archaic Ideas such as isolationism and against globalization.
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This book was required for a college course teaching about "Continental Americans."

Pastor is a clear & concise author. His ideas are great. I like that it shows a variety of perspectives in North America. Overall, I learned a lot from the class (I thought I would hate it). This was my favorite book because it showed a modern perspective of North "America" (USA, Canada, & Mexico).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Francisco de la Vega Gongora on April 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The idea of Northamerica will help the three nations to face their common problems. The only problem is the nationalist proud that sorround the group.
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10 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Globalists Fantasy to Create a North American version of the EU
In an attempt to revive interest in his 2001 plan to create a North American Union, professor Pastor repackages his dream into a stealth agenda, suggesting ways for implementing his diabolical plan without consent of the citizens of the Nations involved.
The original plan, outlined in Pastors 2001 book "Toward a North American Community," pushed the idea to integrate the North American economic and political regions into one large economy and political state, modeled after the disintegrating European Union. This plan was slowly being implemented by the US, Canada and Mexico, under the radar of most affected by this plan-the people of the countries involved. Thanks to an investigative report published by the World Net Daily, the plans and details of the NAU were exposed to Americans and the world. President Obama stopped the continuance of the plan in the US and removed all references to it from public view. However it is not a dead issue, as Obama only moved the plans out of public scrutiny, while keeping it alive and under cover.
If such an idea were to ever become reality, the losers would be the working people of Canada and the United States, and the winners would be Mexico and South America, along with the bankers, politicians, and global manufacturers. Think of how the US would look if open and free travel and commerce were permitted to and from Canada to Mexico. In short order, the peoples of Mexico and South America would invade the US, creating a giant "third world of disease and poverty.
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