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The Bubble of American Supremacy Hardcover – December, 2003
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Consider the background of Soros and Bush. Soros survived the Nazis and Communists in Hungary, got to the US in 1956 and had enough business acumen to become a billionaire. Bush is the son of Old Establishment money and political patronage who never earned a cent in his life, always relying on his Daddy's wealthy friends. Soros became rich by understanding the motivations and actions of others; Bush became president because political advisers Karl Rove and James Baker saw him as a pliant puppet,
Does that make either man a foreign affairs expert? No.
Soros' foreign expertise comes from the $500 million he spends every year to encourage genuine democracy around the world. Bush's policy comes from a narrow group of American Supremacist reactionaries who advocate a unilateralist approach which other nations may join but not influence. Therein lies the difference between the two: Bush has an America First policy, Soros advocates cooperative international solution.
Who is right? Well, in the world of business, Soros' ideas of cooperation instead of confrontation works well. He outlines his approach with an articulate skill in this book, criticizing the Bush mistakes and saying other nations can offer invaluable help. Soros is the modern equivalent of President Woodrow Wilson who created the League of Nations, a brilliant idea which failed due to American isolationism and its failure to counter aggression. Like Wilson, Soros believes in rational people making intelligent decisions.
In brief, it is the essence of his book.Read more ›
It is this reason that this honest and clear perspective on the current Administration's political and military tactics and overall strategic direction is enlightening.
He is not burdened with the career aspirations of so-many other writers - he can write as he sees and backs it up with clear quotes and examples.
As a 'foreigner' living in the USA, and achieving my goals through the freedom afforded me by this country, I recognize the need for the protection of this BUT Soros provides an insightful comment on where this might lead us all - from victims to perpetrators of even greater atrocities on a global scale.
An excellent book that all should read for balanced commentary on the state of the world and America's part in the future.
Listen to Soros, folks. It is worth getting this book just to read his insights as to why Bush really went to war in Iraq and contrast the reality he presents to the misleading pap offered by the administration. Truth may be uncomfortable, but ignoring it gets one into bad messes. Soros predicted a quagmire well before many people realized the consequences of the ill-conceived foreign adventure. No surprise; he is well attuned to deception by powers-that-be.
From his early years in Hungary to his later efforts to help build civil society in Eastern Europe, he saw close up the horrors that have been inflicted by lying, lawless, thuggish governments. His concern that America is sliding in that direction deserves to be taken seriously. Bush partisans are demonizing Soros for his pains and attempting to smear him every which way they can. Americans can judge for themselves by reading this book.
People complain that Soros rambles in his writing or his arguments are not always clear or fully argued. Considering the grave issues at hand, stylistic quibbles sound petty in the extreme. And while Soros is certainly not the only writer on the topic, he brings to it an exceptional skill for analysis. One benefits from reading him whether he is analyzing markets or a war. In any case, this book is easy to read.
But, alas; for all that, I must rate the book only two stars. Why? It is simple. While the first half of the book (Soros' critiques of Bush's international methods) is astute and well thought out, it is poorly backed up, quite over-simplistic, and its arguments are readily available in many other books of better quality. Soros is not even close to the only guy who has criticized the go-it-alone "Bush Doctrine." Read Etzionni's "From Empire to Community" for a much more researched, professional, and less rhetorical critique (and there are scores of other books you've doubtless heard of). What's more, while the section makes good theoretical arguments, the research is shoddy and most consists of personal anecdotes or references to New York Times articles. Not too impressive.
The second section (where Soros was supposed to propose his vision of the solution) was maundering, much less than clear, and episodic. One chapter suggests that instead of relying on the UN, we might rely on what is called the "community of democracies" but fails to make clear how this group won't suffer from the same self-interested in-fighting and utter imptence to enforce decrees as the UN.Read more ›
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George Soros confronts America with a lot of facts that are disturbing but necessary. Many people in the USA also live in a bubble ignorant of what really is going on in the world... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carlos Chan
I'll start by saying that I agree with Soros's argument that the war in Iraq wasn't about fighting terror and that it caused more harm than good by wasting American resources,... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Erez Davidi
Guru is Guru. Soros foresees the real estate bubble in this book although the main purpose of this book is to persuade American people to reject Bush as President.Published on January 24, 2010 by Jerry Liu
Unless you delve into the depth of thinking in the ideas put forth by the Left and thus the Democratic Party;you may not know much about George Soros. Read morePublished on October 16, 2007 by Jerry Guild
...to many Americans George Soros is a bad guy with an Eastern European name that tried to buy John Kerry into the White House, a sad and mistaken impression developed by the same... Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by J. F. Stafura
In his last effort to dump George Bush, Soros resorts to his stern objectivity and economic savvy to expose the disastrous consequences of keeping a drug-rehabilitated and... Read morePublished on September 15, 2006 by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
Critiques of the neoconservatives often come from liberals, journalists, environmentalists, and pacifists. This is one of the few from a dedicated businessman. Read morePublished on July 19, 2006 by Newton Ooi
Soros would like an Open Society created by peaceful means, where people can read what they want, criticize what they want, and elect whomever they want. Read morePublished on July 8, 2006 by Douglas Doepke