Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776

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Houghton Mifflin, 1997 - Political Science - 286 pages
Taking up the torch of George Kennan, Pulitzer Prize winner Walter McDougall proposes nothing less than to cleanse the vocabulary of our post-Cold War debate on America's place in world affairs. Looking back over two centuries, he draws a striking contrast between America as a Promised Land, a vision inspired by the "Old Testament" of our diplomatic wisdom through the nineteenth century, and the contrary vision of America as a Crusader State, which inspired the "New Testament" of our foreign policy beginning at the time of the Spanish-American War and reaching its fulfillment in Vietnam. To this day, these two visions and these two testaments battle for control of the way America sees its role in the world.

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Too bad G W Bush and his buddies had not read this before making that fatal area in Iraq after 9/11. I read it after a visit to the Lyndon Johnson library in Austin and his home further south. Listening to the recorded telephone conversations about the quagmire Vietnam was becoming. Read full review

PROMISED LAND, CRUSADER STATE: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776

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If American diplomacy can seem confusing to foreigners, that is because it partakes of eight different traditions, suggests Pulitzer Prizewinning historian McDougall (Univ. of Pennsylvania; Let the ... Read full review


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A professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, Walter A. McDougall is the author of many books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heavens and the Earth and Let the Sea Make a Noise. . . . He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two teenage children.

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