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By Mark Hertsgaard

Publish yr note: First released in 2002

What the United States appears like to the remainder of the world

Americans hardly ever used to contemplate the skin international. because the mightiest kingdom in heritage, the USA may well do because it happy. Now americans have realized the not easy method that what outsiders imagine concerns. whilst terror struck final September eleven, writer Mark Hertsgaard used to be finishing a visit world wide, collecting perceptions approximately the USA from humans in fifteen nations. no matter if subtle company leaders, starry-eyed children, or Islamic fundamentalists, his topics felt either admiring and uneasy in regards to the usa, enchanted but bewildered, appalled but envious.

This advanced catalogue of impressions--good, undesirable, yet by no means indifferent--is the departure aspect for a brief, pointed essay within the culture of Common Sense and The destiny of the Earth. How can the world's so much open society be so pleased with its founding beliefs but so inconsistent in making use of them? So enjoyed for its popular culture yet so resented for its high-handedness? Exploring such paradoxes, Hertsgaard exposes uplifting and uncomfortable truths that strength natives and outsiders alike to work out the US with clean eyes.

"Like it or now not, the United States is the future," a eu tells Hertsgaard. In a global growing to be extra American by means of the day, The Eagle's Shadow is an important assertion approximately and to where every body discusses yet few comprehend.

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Thus we should strive to lead by example rather than force, and provide a model for the world that other peoples will wish to follow. We do no one any good by bankrupting ourselves. Richard Cobden was a nineteenth-century British statesman who opposed all of his government’s foreign interventions. In those days, though, people understood the philosophy of nonintervention much better than they do today, and no one was silly enough to brand Cobden an isolationist. He was known instead, appropriately enough, as the International Man.

Ever since then, no libertarian or traditional conservative I am aware of has had anything but contempt for the utopian Wilson. The mainstream Left of his day was largely disillusioned by the outcome, having hoped for a more just peace, and genuine progressives like Robert La Follette, Randolph Bourne, and Jane Addams had opposed the war from the beginning. That essentially leaves a smattering of neoconservatives today as Wilson’s remaining defenders. But here was a historical lesson to learn if there ever was one.

S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. com. First eBook Edition: April 2008 Grand Central Publishing is a division of Hachette Book Group USA, Inc. The Grand Central Publishing name and logo is a trademark of Hachette Book Group USA, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-446-54035-3 Contents Preface 1. The False Choices of American Politics 2.

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