- Hardcover: 286 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742557014
- ISBN-13: 978-0742557017
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,134,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The End of the American Century
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This is a well-written, engaging, and impressive work in scope and integration. The End of the American Century provides the information and analysis for the informed discussion and debate about our economic and political problems that must take place as we face the monumental decisions that will decide our fate over the coming generations. It should be read by all who share a deep concern for the American future, but especially by young people who must live in it. (James R. Kluegel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
With remarkable clarity and evenness of tone, Mason's text provokes students to think out loud together about what it means to be American in the world today, and how a range of interconnected issues, conventionally ignored in more orthodox IR, are directly relevant to their future lives. I'm excited about teaching with this book. (Mark Rupert, Syracuse University)
Well designed and thoroughly argued. The author does a splendid job of backing up every one of his assertions. This book has an enormous amount to say and deserves a wide audience. (Mark Gibney, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute)
Well designed and thoroughly argued. The author does a splendid job of backing up every one of his assertions. This book has an enormous amount to say and deserves a wide audience.
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The book's new epilogue on the Obama Presidency merely provides some hope that America can slow its precipitous rate of decline. But wait! Just because were well on our way to losing our number one position doesn't mean that we should despair. Citizens of every other country have been in that position and didn't let it bother them. While Prof. Mason does end the epilogue on a more upbeat note, I, for one, would like to see a companion book that accentuates the positive. After, the glass must be at least half full when we still have almost the world's highest per capita income, a model democracy where a white majority just elected a black president, and most Nobel prizes still come our way.
Another companion book could cover what it's going to be like living in the Chinese Century. This is the real problem, not that America is no longer going to be Number One, but who it is being replaced by. As long as the People's Republic of China remains an authoritarian police state, there are obvious dangers to the world in its supremcy. Anyone who has read biographies of Lenin, Stalin and Mao knows how rapidly such a state could be taken over by a dangerous figure, and how hard it would be to dislodge them in a government like China's.
American living abroad, I highly recommend this book to all those that have a passing interest in the fate of our homeland. It is an eye opener and a reminder that we are not the only ones occupying planet Earth. All empires, without exception, have their day-in-the-sun. America is no exception. We as citizens of the US must accept that changes are under way and that the planet Earth will have many focal points of political and economic persuasion. Ultimately, it will be for the good.
monfal, former Butler student
America's decline is the result of three convergent and related phenomena - the deterioration of the U.S. itself (especially economic), the increasing influence of other global powers, and the changed nature of global influence.