The Fourth Power

The Fourth Power : A Grand Strategy for the United States in the Twenty-First Century

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Today, even as America asserts itself globally, it lacks a grand strategy to replace "containment of communism." In this short, sharp book, Gary Hart outlines a new grand strategy, one directing America's powers to the achievement of its large purposes. Central to this strategy is the power of American ideals, what Hart calls "the fourth power." Constitutional liberties, representative government, press freedom-these and other democratic principles, attractive to peoples worldwide, constitute a resource that may prove as important to national security and the national interest in this dangerous new century as traditional military, economic and political might. A bracing vision of an America responsive to a full spectrum of global challenges, The Fourth Power calls for a deeper understanding both of the threats we face and the profound strengths at our disposal to fight them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 127 x 198.1 x 20.3mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195300858
  • 9780195300857

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Strategy in an Age of Revolution ; 2. Our Principles as an Element of Strategy ; 3. America's Large Purposes in the New Century ; 4. Security in the Twenty-first Century: A Larger Understanding ; 5. Principled Engagement: Expanding Security through Opportunity ; 6. The New Security and the Use of Military Power ; 7. Who We Are: Temptations of Empire ; 8. Restoring the Republic...and Its Principles ; Conclusion ; Appendix ; Notes ; Index
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"Gary Hart as a senator, presidential candidate, citizen and author has always had an eye on the future. In this age of increasing tension and conflict, challenged by terrorism and anti-Americanism, he helps us understand where we are and where we might go. The remarkable thing about Senator Hart and his book, The Fourth Power, is that he continues to think deeply, beyond politics, about America's role in a new century."-Charlie Rose "Gary Hart provides a needed focus on strategy, principle and national purpose. The Fourth Power couldn't come at a better time for those who seek to define and lead the discussion about America's role in a changing world." -William S. Cohen, 20th U.S. Secretary of Defense "Twenty five years ago, Gary Hart was a standout among politicians in thinking creatively and constructively about American defense. Over the last decade, he has been prescient in warning about the threat of terrorism on American soil. With The Fourth Power he takes a systematic and sweeping look at a Grand Strategy most likely to make the United States secure. This is a serious and provocative work, by a man who has earned America's attention."-James
Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly and author of National Defense "Gary Hart, who tried to alert the nation before 9/11, has written a concise, graceful, and important book reminding Americans that our greatest long-term strength lies in the principles that most Americans take for granted."-Ambassador Richard Holbrooke "Gary Hart has written an elegant and wise book on American grand strategy. A truly strategic approach to foreign policy must encompass American ideals, domestic policy, foreign affairs, and military methods. Hart displays a mastery of all of them."-Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International "Extraordinarily thought-provoking. Hart writes with great clarity and directness, yet with profound sophistication... Bush himself and his principal foreign policy advisers would be well served by reading and contemplating this book.... It provides definitions, a vocabulary, for talking about the future, both foreseeable and unforeseeable. And right now, this is not being done well on either side of the national political debate."-The Baltimore
Sun "The Fourth Power is a well-reasoned, trenchant extended essay about the place in the world for the United States of America.... His manifesto makes so much sense, a cynic is tempted to say, that it will never become the foundation of U.S. government behavior."-The Denver Post "What is refreshingly absent is any hint of rancor, political grandstanding or high-pitched vitriol. Instead, the readers are taken through an exceptionally well-crafted national security hypothesis... The Fourth Power is sharp and eloquent."-Boulder Daily Camera "Hart offers a conceptual framework in which a 'fourth power-the power of [our] principle[s]' must be added to traditional American economic, political and military power as a major strategic asset internationally.... In their current formulation, [Hart's ideas] could prove important as soon as next year. An active Kerry for President campaigner, Hart could be a senior appointee in a Kerry administration." -The Washington Post Book World "The Fourth Power [offers] sweeping recommendations for how America should orient its foreign policy in the 21st century. Hart's timely central argument an alternative to both the neoimperialist impulses of the Bush administration and the creeping Kissingerian realism of the Kerry campaignis that the traditional military, political and economic powers of American foreign policy should be constrained by and imbued with a fourth power, America's unique
principles. To those who advocate a crusading foreign policy of preemption to 'rid the world of evil' and spread democracy-even at the point of a gun-Hart argues that the first casualty would often be America's moral authority: 'There is a vast difference between advocating, as I do, that America live up to its
own principles and advocating, as the Bush administration does, that the rest of the world live up to America's principles.'"-The New York Times Book Review
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About Gary Hart

Former U.S. senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado) is author of thirteen books and a leading expert on national security and American foreign policy. A longtime member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, an international lawyer who has traveled to the former Soviet Union over 100 times, Hart recently completed a three-year assignment as co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, a body that before 9/11 both warned of a
massive stateside attack and recommended the creation of a homeland security department. Hart has taught at Yale, University of California, and Oxford University, where he earned a D.Phil. in Politics in 2001.
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