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Liberty's Surest Guardian Rebuilding Nations after War from the Founders to Obama

ISBN-10: 1439119139
ISBN-13: 9781439119136
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jeremi Suri
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 7/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

We are a nation-building people, and Jeremi Suri—Nobel Fellow and leading light in the next generation of policy makers—looks to America’s recent history to see what America has to offer failed states around the world—now in paperback.Nation-building is in America’s DNA. It dates back to the days of the Revolution when the founding fathers invented the concept of Popular Sovereignty—the idea that you cannot have a national government without a collective will. The framers of the Constitution fervently hoped that this concept would become contagious, spreading around the world and thus ensuring America’s security. They initiated a policy of cautious nation-building, hoping not to conquer other countries, but to build a world of stable, self-governed societies that would support America’s way of life. Yet no other country has created more problems for itself and others by interfering with foreign societies and pursuing impractical changes. Nation-building can only work when the indigenous people “own it,” not when it is forced upon them.     In this timely and urgent book, Jeremi Suri explains where America has erred and where it succeeded—in the Philippines, in post WWII Europe, in Vietnam—and offers a bullet-pointed plan for how to move forward. America has something unique to offer the world; we must learn from our past how to do it right.

Karen L. King is Hollis Professor of Divinity at the Divinity School, Harvard University.Jeremi Suri is E. Gordon Fox Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Introduction
The American Nation-Building Creed
Reconstruction After Civil War
Reconstruction After Empire
Reconstruction After Fascism
Reconstruction After Communist Revolution
Reconstruction After September 11
Conclusion: The Future of Nation-Building
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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