Dangerous Nation

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 10, 2006 - History - 544 pages
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Most Americans believe the United States had been an isolationist power until the twentieth century. This is wrong. In a riveting and brilliantly revisionist work of history, Robert Kagan, bestselling author of Of Paradise and Power, shows how Americans have in fact steadily been increasing their global power and influence from the beginning. Driven by commercial, territorial, and idealistic ambitions, the United States has always perceived itself, and been seen by other nations, as an international force. This is a book of great importance to our understanding of our nation’s history and its role in the global community.

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Excellent account of US history from the earliest colonial days to end of 19th century, with emphasis on foreign policy. Busts the isolationist myth from the start. Even Washington's non-involvement ... Read full review

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User Review  - ebethe - LibraryThing

The author definitely has a story to tell, and the discussions that the facts in the book open are endless, but book got "real long, real fast". Many paragraphs were too long. The book, which I found ... Read full review


Title Page
Dedication Epigraph Introduction 1 The First Imperialists
The Foreign Policy of Revolution
Liberalism and Expansion
To the Farewell Address and Beyond
Peaceful Conquest
A Republic in the Age of Monarchy
The Foreign Policy of Slavery
Manifest Destinies
Beyond the National Interest
War and Progress
From Power to Ambition from Ambition to Power
Morality and Hegemony

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About the author (2006)

Robert Kagan is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he is director of the U.S. Leadership Project. He is the author of A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990 and coeditor with William Kristol, of Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy. Kagan served in the State Department from 1984-1988. He lives in Brussels with his wife and two children.

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