The problem for the United States today is that sanitizing history no longer serves U. Instead, it blinds Americans to the challenges that they confront. If anything, the reverse is true. The argument here is not to invert the American Century, fingering the United States with responsibility for every recurrence of war, famine, pestilence, and persecution that crops up on our deeply troubled planet. Rather, the argument, amply sustained by the essays collected in this volume, is this: To further indulge old illusions of the United States presiding over and directing the course of history will not only impede the ability of Americans to understand the world and themselves but may well pose a positive danger to both.

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William H. In trying to understand America's behavior in the post—World War II world, historians have often gone back to a bold proclamation made by the publisher Henry R.

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Andrew J. Bacevich, ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Only a Pax Americana could save the world from itself. As the author of a number of trenchant works that have explored the interconnections between American exceptionalism, the national security state, and the resurgence of militarism since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Bacevich is well suited to this task. With the decline of the American economy since the s and evidence of imperial overreach in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American Century has evaporated, Bacevich concludes. The essays in the book individually and collectively deconstruct and demythologize the notion that America was preeminently suited to be a global superpower following World War II.


The Short American Century: A Postmortem

Instead, advocates of ever-I creasing military spending will join interventionists, promising that this time, unlike the last, some proposed U. As long as Americans believe such pledges, they will remain oblivious to the lessons and consequences of persisting in Luce's dream--a dream that was, after all, conjured up in order to persuade them to go to war. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.

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