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American Empire

The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674013759

Publication Date: 03/15/2004

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312 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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For everyone there’s Andrew Bacevich’s American Empire, an intelligent, elegantly written, highly convincing polemic that demonstrates how the motor of US foreign policy since independence has been the need to guarantee economic growth.—Dominick Donald, The Guardian

To say that Andrew Bacevich’s American Empire is a truly realistic work of realism is therefore to declare it not only a very good book, but also a pretty rare one. The author, a distinguished former soldier, combines a tough-minded approach to the uses of military force with a grasp of American history that is both extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally clear-sighted. This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the background to U.S. world hegemony at the start of the 21st century; and it is also a most valuable warning about the dangers into which the pursuit and maintenance of this hegemony may lead America.—Anatol Levin, The Washington Monthly

[A] straightforward ‘critical interpretation of American statecraft in the 1990s’…he is straightforward, too, in establishing where he stands on the political spectrum about US foreign policy… Bacevich insists that there are no differences in the key assumptions governing the foreign policy of the administrations of Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II—and this will certainly be the subject of passionate debate… Bacevich’s argument persuades…by means of engaging prose as well as the compelling and relentless accumulation of detail… Bring[s] badly needed [perspective] to troubled times.—James A. Miller, The Boston Globe

Andrew Bacevich’s remarkably clear, cool-headed, and enlightening book is an expression of the United States’ unadmitted imperial primacy. It’s as bracing as a plunge into a clear mountain lake after exposure to the soporific internationalist conventional wisdom… Bacevich performs an invaluable service by restoring missing historical context and perspective to today’s shallow, hand-wringing discussion of Sept. 11… Bacevich’s brave, intelligent book restores our vocabulary to debate anew the United States’ purpose in the world.—Richard J. Whalen, Across the Board

American Empire is an immensely thoughtful book. Its reflections go beyond the narrow realm of U.S. security policy and demonstrate a deep understanding of American history and culture.—David Hastings Dunn, Political Studies Review

I have long suspected our nation’s triumphs and trials owed much to the American genius for solipsism and self-deception. Bacevich has convinced me of it by holding up a mirror to self-styled idealists and realists alike. Read all the books you want about the post-Cold War, post-9/11 world, just be sure American Empire is one of them.—Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, University of Pennsylvania

This deeply informed, impressive polemical book is precisely what Americans, in and outside of the academy, needed before 9/11 and need now even more. Crisp, lively, biting prose will help them enjoy it. Among its many themes are hubris, hegemony, and the fatuousness of claims by the American military that they can now achieve ‘transparency’ in war-making.—Michael S. Sherry, Northwestern University

The United States could not possibly have an empire, Americans think. But we do. And with verve and telling insight Andrew Bacevich shows how it works and what it means.—Ronald Steel, author of Temptations of a Superpower: America’s Foreign Policy after the Cold War

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