Grand Improvisation

America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957
Author(s): Derek Leebaert
Original Publish Date: Feb 26, 2019
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Audio (20.75 hours)
Product Number: Z100144963
Released: Feb 26, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781541455429
Narrator/s: Paul Woodson
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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A new understanding of the post World War II era, showing what occurred when the British Empire wouldn't step aside for the rising American superpower-with global insights for today. An enduring myth of the twentieth century is that the United States rapidly became a superpower in the years after World War II, when the British Empire-the greatest in history-was too wounded to maintain a global presence. In fact, Derek Leebaert argues in Grand Improvisation, the idea that a traditionally insular United States suddenly transformed itself into the leader of the free world is illusory, as is the notion that the British colossus was compelled to retreat. The United States and the U.K. had a dozen abrasive years until Washington issued a "declaration of independence" from British influence. Only then did America explicitly assume leadership of the world order just taking shape. Understanding all of this properly is vital to understanding the rise and fall of superpowers, why we're now skeptical of commitments overseas, how the Middle East plunged into disorder, why Europe is fracturing, what China intends-and the ongoing perils to the U.S. world role.


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Grand Improvisation
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Author(s): Derek Leebaert
Narrator(s): Paul Woodson
Product Number DD42570
Released: Feb 26, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781618033598
Author(s): Derek Leebaert
Product Number EB00718871
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374714062

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