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

ISBN-13: 978-0199782413 ISBN-10: 0199782415 Edition: 1st
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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


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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (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 (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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Since NAFTA was passed in 1994, the idea of an integrated economy between the North American countries of the United States, Mexico, and Canada has suffered in the aftermath of 9/11 and the United States' policy to circle the wagons rather than work with its neighbors on trade, security, and immigration. Into this breach comes Mr. Pastor's book reminding us that the idea of a North American community is new and still has potential to change the economic and political game. I think his argument, that all three countries have more to gain from cooperation and collaboration, is both sound and common sense in spite of the hysterics of TV pundits. I just wish he could've made a more persuasive argument. The book is sound, but I doubt that it is going to change the minds of those who oppose increased economic integration. Still, there are some fascinating facts such as the fact that ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach have reached their maximum capacity and the U.S. will have to rely on ports like Tijuana to feed the West Coast's demand. Or how statistics have shown that more people than you would think (but not a majority) think of themselves as a citizen of their country and North America. He makes a relatively persuasive case that the ideals that the countries hold dear, based on similar histories, are converging rather than diverging. In short, while this is a solid short read, it's doubtful that many people will change their minds about NAFTA after reading this.
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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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