Hard-hitting and provocative, yet measured and clearly written, The End of the American Century demonstrates the phases of social, economic, and international decline that mark the end of a period of world dominance that began with World ...
Author: David S. Mason
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
This compelling and persuasive book is the first to explore all of the interrelated aspects of America's decline. Hard-hitting and provocative, yet measured and clearly written, The End of the American Century demonstrates the phases of social, economic, and international decline that mark the end of a period of world dominance that began with World War II. The costs of the war on terror and the Iraq War have exacerbated the already daunting problems of debt, poverty, inequality, and political and social decay. David S. Mason convincingly argues that the United States, like other great powers in the past, is experiencing the dilemma of "imperial overstretch"-bankrupting the home front in pursuit of costly and fruitless foreign ventures. The author shows that elsewhere in the world, the United States is no longer admired as a model for democracy and economic development; indeed, it is often feared or resented. He compares the United States and its accomplishments with other industrialized democracies and potential rivals. The European Union is more stable in economic and social terms, and countries like India and China are more economically dynamic. These and other nations will soon eclipse the United States, signaling a fundamental transformation of the global scene. This transition will require huge adjustments for American citizens and political leaders alike. But in the end, Americans-and the world-will be better off with a less profligate, more interdependent United States. More information is available on the author's website.
A distinguished group of authorities review essential questions of morality, interest, politics, and economics in U.S. foreign policy after the collapse of the Soviet empire.
Author: Robert L. Hutchings
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Category: Political Science
A distinguished group of authorities review essential questions of morality, interest, politics, and economics in U.S. foreign policy after the collapse of the Soviet empire. Contributors--prominent legislators, foreign policy makers, scholars, and business leaders--offer a back-to-basic inquiry into a number of important questions about foreign policy issues.
Finally, the book seeks to place the impact of Nixon’s policies and decisions in the larger context of post-World War II American society, and analyzes the full costs of the Vietnam War that the nation feels to this day.
Author: David F. Schmitz
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
In Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War, accomplished foreign relations historian David F. Shmitz provides students of US history and the Vietnam era with an up-to-date analysis of Nixon’s Vietnam policy in a brief and accessible book that addresses the main controversies of the Nixon years. President Richard Nixon’s first presidential term oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam War. Nixon came into office seeking the kind of decisive victory that had eluded President Johnson, and went about expanding the war, overtly and covertly, in order to uphold a policy of “containment,” protect America’s credibility, and defy the left’s antiwar movement at home. Tactically, politically, Nixon’s moves made sense. However, by 1971 the president was forced to significantly de-escalate the American presence and seek a negotiated end to the war, which is now accepted as an American defeat, and a resounding failure of American foreign relations. Schmitz addresses the main controversies of Nixon’s Vietnam strategy, and in so doing manages to trace back the ways in which this most calculating and perceptive politician wound up resigning from office a fraud and failure. Finally, the book seeks to place the impact of Nixon’s policies and decisions in the larger context of post-World War II American society, and analyzes the full costs of the Vietnam War that the nation feels to this day.
Looks at the problems facing the United States and world in an age of transition and explores a range of international issues including the limits of American foreign policy and changes in military technology which will make all future wars ...
Author: Gabriel Kolko
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
Looks at the problems facing the United States and world in an age of transition and explores a range of international issues including the limits of American foreign policy and changes in military technology which will make all future wars futile.
His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence.
Author: George Packer
*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography* *Winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize for Biography* *Winner of the 2019 Hitchens Prize* "Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory...Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy... If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it."--Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review "By the end of the second page, maybe the third, you will be hooked...There never was a diplomat-activist quite like [Holbrooke], and there seldom has been a book quite like this -- sweeping and sentimental, beguiling and brutal, catty and critical, much like the man himself."--David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.
Taken at face value, the American Century meant simply time for America: time to end its history of isolationism and take its place as a global power by entering
World War II. But when Luce says “it is America's first century as a dominant ...
Author: Joan Hawkins
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century is the definitive book on Burroughs’ overarching cut-up project and its relevance to the American twentieth century. Burroughs’s Nova Trilogy (The Soft Machine, Nova Express, and The Ticket That Exploded) remains the best-known of his textual cut-up creations, but he committed more than a decade of his life to searching out multimedia for use in works of collage. By cutting up, folding in, and splicing together newspapers, magazines, letters, book reviews, classical literature, audio recordings, photographs, and films, Burroughs created an eclectic and wide-ranging countercultural archive. This collection includes previously unpublished work by Burroughs such as cut-ups of work written by his son, cut-ups of critical responses to his own work, collages on the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, excerpts from his dream journals, and some of the few diary entries that Burroughs wrote about his wife, Joan. William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century also features original essays, interviews, and discussions by established Burroughs scholars, respected artists, and people who encountered Burroughs. The essays consider Burroughs from a range of starting points—literary studies, media studies, popular culture, gender studies, post-colonialism, history, and geography. Ultimately, the collection situates Burroughs as a central artist and thinker of his time and considers his insights on political and social problems that have become even more dire in ours.
How might the world eliminate poverty? This book has the answer to this question and many more. This book is about economics and politics. It is written in simple language for everyone to understand.
Author: Tamara Vilkin
How might the world eliminate poverty? This book has the answer to this question and many more. This book is about economics and politics. It is written in simple language for everyone to understand. The chapters contain information about the development of the modern banking system. You will learn about how money is created and destroyed. Also included is an overview about the current Fed banking system, and ideas of how to create a new Central Bank of the USA. We all know about economic depressions, but what are the reasons for them? We will talk about economic theories, and about the instability of our economy. How about building modern new cities in America and around the world? How would these projects be financed? How would the standard of living be improved in these new cities? You will find the answers to these questions within this book. Welcome and thank you for your interest!
This was to be the “ American Century , ” he wrote in 1941 , where the greatest
exemplar of freedom in the world would carry forward its mandate to lead . This is
the story of how America has struggled , at home and abroad , to realize the ...
Author: William Henry Chafe
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
From William H. Chafe, the best-selling author of The Unfinished Journey, comes a new text that offers in-depth and enlightening coverage of the history of the United States in the twentieth century. The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2010 describes the rise--and potential fall--of the U.S., a nation more powerful, more wealthy, and more dominant than any in human history. It also acknowledges the persistent challenges the U.S. has faced and continues to face--inequalities of race, gender, and income that contradict its vision of itself as "a land of opportunity." Examining the evolution of the United States since 1890, The Rise and Fall of the American Century chronicles the varying mood of the country through its changing presidencies, from the rise of the metropolis and Teddy Roosevelt in the 1890s to the turbulent era of the Bush administration at the beginning of the twenty-first century. By analyzing the shifting moods and social and political upheavals (both at home and abroad) and the United States's reactions to these events, the book seeks to understand how the country both achieved its vision for itself in some ways but failed to realize it in others. Working in a political framework, Chafe also provides a strong balance of social and cultural history, touching on the African-American, Latino, and Asian communities, the West, and the changing status of women. The book's epilogue discusses important economic and political events through 2008, including the financial crisis and the 2008 Presidential Election.
The two events demonstrated that America's twin struggles of the mid-twentieth century—civil rights at home, and the Vietnam War abroad—were far from over.
They also helped illustrate why more Americans were now turning to television
Author: James Brian McPherson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
This book examines the significant changes in journalism that occurred after the mid-1960s, discussing how those changes contributed to the expanding reach of news, broadening definitions of news media, and diminishing trust in journalists.
Author: William O. Walker IIIPublish On: 2018-10-15
Even so, Luce had articulated an animating idea that, as William O. Walker III skillfully shows in The Rise and Decline of the American Century, would guide United States foreign policy through the years of hot and cold war.
Author: William O. Walker III
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation’s leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even so, Luce had articulated an animating idea that, as William O. Walker III skillfully shows in The Rise and Decline of the American Century, would guide United States foreign policy through the years of hot and cold war. The American Century was, Walker argues, the counter-balance to defensive war during World War II and the containment of communism during the Cold War. American policymakers pursued an aggressive agenda to extend U.S. influence around the globe through control of economic markets, reliance on nation-building, and, where necessary, provision of arms to allied forces. This positive program for the expansion of American power, Walker deftly demonstrates, came in for widespread criticism by the late 1950s. A changing world, epitomized by the nonaligned movement, challenged U.S. leadership and denigrated the market democracy at the heart of the ideal of the American Century. Walker analyzes the international crises and monetary troubles that further curtailed the reach of the American Century in the early 1960s and brought it to a halt by the end of that decade. By 1968, it seemed that all the United States had to offer to allies and non-hostile nations was convenient military might, nuclear deterrence, and the uncertainty of détente. Once the dust had fallen on Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency and Richard M. Nixon had taken office, what remained was, The Rise and Decline of the American Century shows, an adulterated, strategically-based version of Luce’s American Century.
"Markar Melkonian meets Rorty head-on, taking him to task for insufficiently repudiating universal values, essentialism, and other metaphysical views he claims to have abandoned.
Author: Markar Melkonian
Publisher: Humanities Press International
"Markar Melkonian meets Rorty head-on, taking him to task for insufficiently repudiating universal values, essentialism, and other metaphysical views he claims to have abandoned. Melkonian does this in the course of making the case that the existing liberal democracies Rorty wants to defend bear little resemblance to Rorty's own liberal utopia, in which "the quest for autonomy is impeded as little as possible by social institutions." Without denigrating such institutions as a free press, independent judiciaries, and representative democracy, Melkonian suggests that socialism - conceived as the state power of workers, rather than capitalists - holds greater promise than Rorty's liberal utopia for the supreme purposes of extending freedom and ameliorating suffering."--BOOK JACKET.
Russ Crawford, The Use of Sports to Promote the American Way of Life during
the Cold War: Cultural Propaganda, 1945–1963 (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen
Press, 2010); Joseph M. Turrini, The End of Amateurism in American Track and
Field (Urbana: University of ... It appeared in a full-length version in the nation's
leading newspaper: “The American Century,” New York Times, March 4, 1941, 14
Author: Kevin B. Witherspoon
The Cold War was fought in every corner of society, including in the sport and entertainment industries. Recognizing the importance of culture in the battle for hearts and minds, the United States, like the Soviet Union, attempted to win the favor of citizens in nonaligned states through the soft power of sport. Athletes became de facto ambassadors of US interests, their wins and losses serving as emblems of broader efforts to shield American culture--both at home and abroad--against communism. In Defending the American Way of Life, leading sport historians present new perspectives on high-profile issues in this era of sport history alongside research drawn from previously untapped archival sources to highlight the ways that sports influenced and were influenced by Cold War politics. Surveying the significance of sports in Cold War America through lenses of race, gender, diplomacy, cultural infiltration, anti-communist hysteria, doping, state intervention, and more, this collection illustrates how this conflict remains relevant to US sporting institutions, organizations, and ideologies today.
The American Century was a mythology about American power that presumed
the inherent exceptionalism, greatness, and importance of the United States
globally. The American Century ended, presumably, with the end of the Cold War
Author: Alex Lubin
Category: War and society
An entire generation of young adults has never known an America without the War on Terror. This book contends with the pervasive effects of post-9/11 policy- and myth-making in the United States in every corner of American life. Neverending War on Terror is organized around five keywords that have come to define the cultural and political moment: homeland, security, privacy, torture, and drone. Alex Lubin synthesizes nearly two decades of United States war-making against terrorism by asking how the War on Terror has changed American politics and society, and how the War on Terror draws on historical myths about American national and imperial identity. From the PATRIOT Act to the hit show Homeland, from Edward Snowden to Guantanamo Bay, and from 9/11 memorials to Trumpism, this succinct book connects America's political economy and international relations to our contemporary culture at every turn.
The scope of this book reaches from the beginnings of America's global presence, in the Spanish-American war of 1898, to the dominance, at the end of the twentieth century, of its military force, economic systems, culture and complex, ...
Author: Martin Walker
Category: United States
The scope of this book reaches from the beginnings of America's global presence, in the Spanish-American war of 1898, to the dominance, at the end of the twentieth century, of its military force, economic systems, culture and complex, contradictory values.
Examining what it terms "Korea's IMF Cinema," the decade of film-making that following that country's worst-ever economic crisis, this book thinks through the transformations of global political economy attending the end of the American ...
Author: Joseph Jonghyun Jeon
Category: Economics in motion pictures
Examining what it terms "Korea's IMF Cinema," the decade of film-making that following that country's worst-ever economic crisis, this book thinks through the transformations of global political economy attending the end of the American century.