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The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance
A simple question lurks amid the considerable controversy created by recent U.S. policy: what road did Americans travel to reach their current global preeminence? Taking the long historical view, Michael Hunt demonstrates that wealth, confidence, and leadership were key elements to America's ascent. In an analytic narrative that illuminates the past rather than indulges in ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published March 1st 2007)
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Hunt's account of the American rise to global power focuses on the deep roots of this power and the international factors that made it possible. His excellent chapters on pre 1945 USFP effectively dismiss the idea of isolationism by looking more at cultural and economic ties with the rest of the world. He shows how the US built a territorially massive, populous, and economically powerful nation that started shaping (and being shaped by) the rest of the world long before it became politically and ...more
A short way in i had to research the author, Michael Hunt, to see who this person was who knows so much that is expressed so clearly. American history has never been made clearer. As a non-American i wonder how it would read, as to me it was like pulling back the curtain and seeing connections that i had missed all of my life. Hunt has Bill-Bryson clarity with the knowledge and scope of few others i have ever read. This work is monumental and should be on everyone's post-collegiate required read ...more