The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. These pressing problems threaten all of us, Republicans and Democrats. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism. Andrew J. Bacevich, uniquely respected across the political spectrum, offers a historical perspective on the illusions that have governed American policy since 1945. The realism he proposes includes respect for power and its limits; sensitivity to unintended consequences; aversion to claims of exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that the books will have to balance. Only a return to such principles, Bacevich argues, can provide common ground for fixing America's urgent problems before the damage becomes irreparable.
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"Narrating a polemical book, which offers a scathing critique of our nation's imperial foreign policy, notably since the end of the Cold War, is like walking on eggs. It's too easy to drift into a sensationalist or dogmatic style, giving the book a tone that it avoids, or to smooth out the inherent criticisms the work presents. In this reading, Eric Conger manages to skirt those problems, offering a narration that is as steady and detached as that of a network news anchor. He reads this depiction of U.S. imperialism with aplomb, making the author's points stand out but without injecting emotion. Conger's narration makes this compact yet essential book about America's place in the world an immensely interesting listen. K.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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