The Imperial Temptation of America
W. W. Norton
On Sale: June 26, 2006
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A penetrating critique of America's foreign policy every
bit as provocative as Robert Kagan's best-selling Of
Paradise and Power.
effortlessly mixes military history with keen diplomatic
analysis to provide one of the most important assessments of
America's international standing in years. Josef Joffe
examines the gargantuan burdens brought on by singular
power, arguing that the new Bush foreign policy doctrine has
failed to convert fabulous strength into consent and
leadership. In contrast to most of his European colleagues,
Joffe does not paddle "Mr. Big" for his new überpower
status, but traces the roots of Europe's (and the world's)
new anti-Americanism to envy, fear, and the failure to keep
But history whispers that power will generate
counterpower, and the handwriting is already on the wall.
How can the überpower escape the fate of earlier hegemons
who were all laid low by lesser nations ganging up on No. 1?
Überpower promises to be discussed and debated in the
corridors of power on both sides of the Atlantic.
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