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Limits of Power The End of American Exceptionalism

ISBN-10: 0805090169
ISBN-13: 9780805090161
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Description: "Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who's in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him."Bill MoyersAn immediateNew York Timesbestseller,The Limits of Poweroffers an unparalleled examination of the profound  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/27/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who's in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him."Bill MoyersAn immediateNew York Timesbestseller,The Limits of Poweroffers an unparalleled examination of the profound triple crisis facing America: an economy in disarray that can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; a government transformed by an imperial presidency into a democracy in name only; and an engagement in endless wars that has severely undermined the body politic.Writing with knowledge born of experience, conservative historian and former military officer Andrew J. Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism. In contrast to the multiple illusions that have governed American policy since 1945, he calls for respect for power and its limits; aversion to claims of exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that Americans must live within their means. Only a return to such principles, Bacevich eloquently argues, can provide common ground for fixing America's urgent problems before the damage becomes irreparable.

Andrew Bacevich was born in Normal Illinois. He was a graduate of West Point in 1969 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He later held posts in Germany and the Persian Gulf up until his retirement from service in the early 1990's. He has a PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University and has taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998 and becoming Professor of International Relations. He has been a critic of the U.S. occupation of Iraq calling the conflict a catastrophic failure. He wrote several books including American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy and Washington Rules.

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