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American Way of Strategy U. S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life

ISBN-10: 0195341414
ISBN-13: 9780195341416
Edition: N/A
Authors: Michael Lind
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Description: In The American Way of Strategy, Lind argues that the goal of U.S. foreign policy has always been the preservation of the American way of life--embodied in civilian government, checks and balances, a commercial economy, and individual freedom. Lind  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

In The American Way of Strategy, Lind argues that the goal of U.S. foreign policy has always been the preservation of the American way of life--embodied in civilian government, checks and balances, a commercial economy, and individual freedom. Lind describes how successive American statesmen--from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton to Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan--have pursued an American way of strategy that minimizes the dangers of empire and anarchy by two means: liberal internationalism and realism. At its best, the American way of strategy is a well-thought-out and practical guide designed to preserve a peaceful and demilitarized world by preventing an international system dominated by imperial and militarist states and its disruption by anarchy. When American leaders have followed this path, they have led our nation from success to success, and when they have deviated from it, the results have been disastrous. Framed in an engaging historical narrative, the book makes an important contribution to contemporary debates. The American Way of Strategy is certain to change the way that Americans understand U.S. foreign policy. "A shrewd and plausible critique of the drift of policy since the cold war." --The New York Times "Lind's encyclopedic knowledge of U.S. history and extraordinary grasp of the intellectual history of U.S. politics qualify him to write with great authority and insight about the development of American grand strategy from the Washington administration to the present day, and this generally level-headed and balanced book will significantly enhance Lind's reputation in foreign policy circles." --Foreign Affairs

Michael Lind, a senior fellow of the New America Foundation lives in Washington, D.C.

Acknowledgments
America's Purpose
Defending the American Way of Life
The American Way of Strategy
A World Safe for American Democracy
Independence, Unity, and the American Way of Life
Averting a Balance of Power in North America: Power Politics and American Expansion
Why the United States Fought in World War I
World War II and the American Way of Life
The Cold War
The Cold Peace
The Future of the American Way of Strategy
U.S. Hegemony and the American Way of Life
A Concert of Power
American Strategy in the Asian Century
The American Way of Military Strategy
The American Way of Trade
The World Order Which We Seek
Notes
Index

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