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The Short American Century: A Postmortem Hardcover – March 19, 2012
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This collection of essays constitutes a how-to manual for people who sense something deeply wrong with the current bipartisan consensus on American power, but can't quite articulate what it is. (Nick Baumann Commonweal 2012-05-18)
Declining empires are dangerous. Popular enlightenment is urgent, and this book...will help...It is a valuable step toward the self-knowledge Americans will need if we and the rest of the world are to survive the long centuries ahead. (George Scialabba Dissent 2012-06-01)
About the Author
Akira Iriye is Charles Warren Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University.
Emily S. Rosenberg is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.
Nikhil Pal Singh is Visiting Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History Director of the Program in American Studies at New York University.
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WWII helped reaffirmed Luce's thinking. We were transformed from a Depression-ridden country to a global manufacturing powerhouse, the only nation to emerge from that contest in a superior position. Unfortunately, we also overstated our role in victory - the Russians contributed far more in manpower and casualties, and the actual turning point can be traced to Russia turning back Germany at Stalingrad. Regardless, the U.S. took the lead in creating many post-war institutions, including the U.N., the IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the USIA (to publicize/export America's values and accomplishments). The 'bad news' is that we also began meddling in other nation's affairs - China (Taiwan), Cuba, Iran, Israel (and its neighbors), and Vietnam among them.Read more ›
"The Short American Century" is an opportunity to clear your mind and to think with a new perspective about our national agenda.
Bacevich is to be commended for this work that he edited. The book's 239 pages of text was accompanied by a solid amount of end notes and an index. To summarize, America's efforts to bring the American Century to the world has been counterproductive and has caused a cultrual and economic decline in our nation that perhaps we cannot recover from. five stars.
According to Bacevich's introduction, these discussions were intentionally meant to be critical rather than celebratory, for history needs to discomfit before it can teach. That is exactly what this book does.
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Multiple academics writing different views of post WW I America. There were two I liked, the others I thought pages saturated with words a waste of reading. Very disappointing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Herbert Reichlin
A wonderful collage of the post WWII period in America assembled by Dr. Bacevich documenting the confluence of unique events that, although no longer present, drive our befuddled... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by barbara reynolds
This book is a compilation of essays (not all of them by Col. Bacevich) around the theme of loss; namely, the loss of America's pre-eminence on the world stage in terms of... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by leftyrite