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The age of illusions : how America squandered its Cold War victory

Title
The age of illusions : how America squandered its Cold War victory / Andrew J. Bacevich.
ISBN
9781250175083
1250175089
Edition
First edition.
Publication
New York, NY : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2020.
Copyright Notice Date
©2020
Physical Description
236 pages ; 22 cm
Summary
"A thought provoking and penetrating account of the post-Cold war follies and delusions that culminated in the age of Donald Trump, from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power. When the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Washington establishment felt it had prevailed in a world-historical struggle. Our side had won, a verdict that was both decisive and irreversible. For the world's 'indispensable nation, ' its 'sole superpower, ' the future looked very bright. History, having brought the United States to the very summit of power and prestige, had validated American-style liberal democratic capitalism as universally applicable. In the decades to come, Americans would put that claim to the test. They would embrace the promise of globalization as a source of unprecedented wealth, while embarking on wide-ranging military campaigns to suppress disorder and enforce American values abroad, confident in the ability of U.S. forces to defeat any foe. Meanwhile, they placed all their bets on the White House to deliver on the promise of their Cold War triumph: unequaled prosperity, lasting peace, and absolute freedom. In The Age of Illusions, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes us from that moment of seemingly ultimate victory to the age of Trump, telling an epic tale of folly and delusion. Writing with his usual eloquence and vast knowledge, he explains how, within a quarter of a century, the United States ended up with gaping inequality, permanent war, moral confusion, and an increasingly angry and alienated population, as well, of course, as the strangest president in American history"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 07, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Al, Fred, and Homer's America : and mine
The end of history!
Kicking 41 to the curb
Glimpsing the Emerald City
Bedfellows
State of the union
Plebiscite
Attending to Rabbit's question.
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