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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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
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Good analysis of American foreign relations until the 20th century. Essentially an economic analysis, which is very convincing. The weakness is his dismissal of other motivations, particularly ... Read full review
Dedication Epigraph Introduction 1 The First Imperialists
The Foreign Policy of Revolution
Liberalism and Expansion
To the Farewell Address and Beyond
The Foreign Policy of Slavery
Beyond the National Interest
War and Progress
From Power to Ambition from Ambition to Power
Morality and Hegemony