Liberty's Surest Guardian: Rebuilding Nations After War from the Founders to Obama

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 17, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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Jeremi Suri--Nobel Fellow and leading light in the next generation of policy makers--looks to America's history to see both what it has to offer failed states around the world and what it should avoid. Far from being cold imperialists, Americans have earnestly attempted to export their invention of representative government. We have had successes (Reconstruction after the American Civil War, the Philippines, Western Europe) and failures (Vietnam), and we can learn a good deal from both. The framers of the Constitution initiated a policy of cautious nation-building, hoping not to conquer other countries, but to build a world of stable, self-governed societies that would support America's way of life--yet no other country has created more problems for itself and for others by intervening in distant lands and pursuing impractical changes. Suri has mined more than two hundred years of American policy in order to explain the five Ps of nation-building: Partners, Process, Problem-solving, Purpose, and People.--From publisher description.
 

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LIBERTY'S SUREST GUARDIAN: American Nation-Building from Washington to Obama

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An impassioned apology for spreading American hegemony throughout the world.Nation-building, writes Suri (History/Univ. of Wisconsin; Henry Kissinger and the American Century, 2007, etc.), is like ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 2
47
Chapter 3
82
Chapter 4
124
Chapter 5
165
Chapter 6
210
Conclusion
266
Acknowledgments
339
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Jeremi Suri is the author of three books, most recently Henry Kissinger and the American Century. A frequent contributor to national media, including Wired and The Boston Globe, he is a professor of history at the University of Austin, Texas, where he also makes his home. Visit Jeremi on his website JeremiSuri.net and his blog GlobalBrief.ca.

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