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The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American Empire
Does the United States today preside over a global empire? America's emergence as the world's dominant power in the 1990s nurtured the perception initially more pronounced abroad than at home that with the passing of the cold war the United States had indeed become an imperial republic. Some observers, convinced that American power is necessarily benign, welcome that new r ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher
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Jul 20, 2012 James rated it really liked it
A mixed bag, a collection of essays from all points on the political spectrum about American empire - military, economic, and/or cultural; past/present/future; whether there even is one (only one author denies it, in a masterful feat of disingenuity) and whether it's a plus or a minus for the world. I give Andrew Bacevich the highest marks possible for even-handedness; he has argued his own views crisply, forcefully, and eloquently elsewhere, but here he writes an introduction and then lets all ...more
This book attempts to answer a recent question that has been on the minds of many intellectuals for the past few decades: Does America exercise an imperial power over the world? The editor, Bacevich, attempts to gather a wide range of views and writers to ponder this question. For the most part, Bacevich has failed to publish a convincing examination on the American empire. While all but one agree that the America has some sort of empire, the views seem so homogenous at times that it is hard to ...more
Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism and The New American Militarism. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York ...moreMore about Andrew J. Bacevich