The American Way of Strategy

The American Way of Strategy

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Americans are unlikely to lose their cherished rights because of a military coup or a foreign conquest, writes Michael Lind. The more plausible and frightening scenario is one in which foreign danger forces Americans themselves to jettison their way of life, sacrificing liberty to ensure security. To prevent this scenario from happening is the real purpose of American strategy. In The American Way of Strategy, Lind argues that the goal of U.S. foreign policy has always been the preservation of the American way of life--embodied in civilian government, checks and balances, a commercial economy, and individual freedom. Lind describes how successive American statesmen--from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton to Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan--have pursued an American way of strategy that minimizes the dangers of empire and anarchy by two means: liberal internationalism and realism. At its best, the American way of strategy is a well-thought-out and practical guide designed to preserve a peaceful and demilitarized world by preventing an international system dominated by imperial and militarist states and its disruption by anarchy.When American leaders have followed this path, they have lead our nation from success to success, and when they have deviated from it, the results have been disastrous.Framed in an engaging historical narrative, the book makes an important contribution to contemporary debates. The American Way of Strategy is certain to change the way that Americans understand U.S. foreign policy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 162.6 x 233.7 x 30.5mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195308379
  • 9780195308372
  • 2,022,321

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What the pursuit of hegemony really guarantees, Lind argues most persuasively, is national bankruptcy, an imperial presidency, the erosion of our freedoms and diversion of previous resources...'The America Way of Strategy' challenges not only the neoconservatives now dominant in Washington but also centrists like Michael Mandelbaum. New York Review of Booksshow more

About Michael Lind

Michael Lind is the Whitehead Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. Lind has been Assistant to the Director of the U.S. State Department's Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs and executive editor of The National Interest. He is the author most recently of What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President (2005). Lind has written several books of nonfiction, fiction and poetry, including The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (with Ted Halstead, 2001) and The Next American Nation (1995). He has been an editor or staff writer at The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine and the New Republic, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He lives in Washington, D.C.show more

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What the pursuit of hegemony really guarantees, Lind argues most persuasively, is national bankruptcy, an imperial presidency, the erosion of our freedoms and diversion of previous resources....'The America Way of Strategy' challenges not only the neoconservatives now dominant in Washington but also centrists like Michael Mandelbaum. New York Review of Booksshow more

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