We May Dominate the World

We May Dominate the World Ambition, Anxiety, and the Rise of the American Colossus

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Publisher's Synopsis

What did it take for the United States to become a global superpower? The answer lies in a missing chapter of American foreign policy with stark lessons for today

The cutthroat world of international politics has always been dominated by great powers. Yet no great power in the modern era has ever managed to achieve the kind of invulnerability that comes from being supreme in its own neighbourhood. No great power, that is, except one-the United States.

In We May Dominate the World, Sean A. Mirski tells the riveting story of how the United States became a regional hegemon in the century following the Civil War. By turns reluctant and ruthless, Americans squeezed their European rivals out of the hemisphere while landing forces on their neighbours' soil with dizzying frequency. Mirski reveals the surprising reasons behind this muscular foreign policy in a narrative full of twists, colourful characters, and original accounts of the palace coups and bloody interventions that turned the fledgling republic into a global superpower.

Today, as China makes its own run at regional hegemony and nations like Russia and Iran grow more menacing, Mirski's fresh look at the rise of the American colossus offers indispensable lessons for how to meet the challenges of our own century.

Book information

ISBN: 9781541758438
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: PublicAffairs
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 501
Weight: 748g
Height: 163mm
Width: 243mm
Spine width: 41mm