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Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of US Global Supremacy

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A new history explains how and why, as it prepared to enter World War II, the United States decided to lead the postwar world.

For most of its history, the United States avoided making political and military commitments that would entangle it in European-style power politics. Then, suddenly, it conceived a new role for itself as the world's armed superpower--and never looke
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Belknap Press
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Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Essentially the behind the scenes story of the United States second founding, not as a republic but as a global empire. I plan to interview the author for a longer piece but suffice to say this is a very intimate look at the impact of WW2 on America's self-conception of its place in the world. Many Americans were concerned that the United States may become an empire of the type that Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were attempting to become: fighting monsters and only to become them and all that. ...more
Rebecca Crunden
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This is a book about how America gained the ambition to attain and maintain what Wertheim at various points refer to as “armed supremacy over the rest of the world,” “armed primacy,” or “hegemony.” What does Wertheim means by primary? “Primacy holds that the superior coercive power of the United States is required to underwrite a decent world order. It assumes that in order to prevent the international realm from descending into chaos or despotism, a benign hegemon must act as the world’s orderi ...more
Michael Enright
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is interesting little book is centered on a novel thesis: that the historical and polemical discussion about isolationism hides the true nature of the any of the debates leading up to World War II by fundamentally mischaracterizing the isolationist perspective. Because the nature of the interwar debates is obscured, an honest explanation about how the US decided on a policy of global supremacy is also completely misunderstood.

This book serves to clarify some of the issues involved. It gives
Matthew Shinker
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad a family member recommended this book! While Stephen Wertheim's wording was a little academic for me, the explanations of the United States' position in global politics, post WWII, now makes a lot more sense to me.

Peter Zeihan's books did a great job of explaining our great fortunes as a young nation post-Bretton Woods America. This book focuses on the great inflection point which occurred on Dec 7th, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and brought America out of our isolation
John Corey
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Ultimately, this is a book that offers a new lense through which to view US global supremacy. I agree with the premise and appreciate the precision with which he pursues the precise moment that the US went from seeking to help the world, to try and control it through force.

Near the end, when viewing the destruction in Vietnam, two of the main thinkers lament “The problem with the American people is they do not recognize the difference between imperialism and interventionism.”

I just wish it was
Bryan Metzger
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good, quick read. While Wertheim himself is affiliated with more progressive forces in the foreign policy world, I think this is a good read for anyone interested in learning more about the role that the US plays in sustaining world order; indeed, it was a choice for the US to pursue its post-WWII path of seeking global domination, and critics and supporters alike will take great interest in how such a situation came about.
Alex Beaver
Following the Nazi invasion of France in 1940, U.S. foreign policy elites made a deliberate decision to pursue world order backed by American global military dominance.
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