The World America Made

The World America Made What would the world look like if America were to reduce its role as a global leader in order to focus all its energies on solving its problems at home And is America really in decline Robert Kagan N

  • Title: The World America Made
  • Author: Robert Kagan
  • ISBN: 9780307961310
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What would the world look like if America were to reduce its role as a global leader in order to focus all its energies on solving its problems at home And is America really in decline Robert Kagan, New York Times best selling author and one of the country s most influential strategic thinkers, paints a vivid, alarming picture of what the world might look like if the UniWhat would the world look like if America were to reduce its role as a global leader in order to focus all its energies on solving its problems at home And is America really in decline Robert Kagan, New York Times best selling author and one of the country s most influential strategic thinkers, paints a vivid, alarming picture of what the world might look like if the United States were truly to let its influence wane Although Kagan asserts that much of the current pessimism is misplaced, he warns that if America were indeed to commit preemptive superpower suicide, the world would see the return of war among rising nations as they jostle for power the retreat of democracy around the world as Vladimir Putin s Russia and authoritarian China acquire clout and the weakening of the global free market economy, which the United States created and has supported for than sixty years We ve seen this before in the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I Potent, incisive, and engaging, The World America Made is a reminder that the American world order is worth preserving, and America dare not decline.

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    • Robert Kagan

      Robert Kagan is an American historian and foreign policy commentator Robert Kagan is the son of Yale classical historian and author, Donald Kagan He is married to Victoria Nuland, the former U.S ambassador to NATO, and has two children He is the brother of political commentator Frederick Kagan.Kagan is a columnist for the Washington Post and is syndicated by the New York Times Syndicate He is a contributing editor at both The New Republic and the Weekly Standard, and has also written for the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, World Affairs, and Policy Review.

    738 thoughts on “The World America Made

    • Having read in 1988 Paul Kennedy's "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers," whose front cover featured an American flag about to fall off a precipice, I was fascinated to see Kagan's title 15 years after Kennedy's book was published. In '87, when Kennedy hit the shelves, the ascendency of Japan to the throne of first among nations was widely-accepted conventional wisdom.Of course, it didn't happen (or hasn't happened yet) the way Kennedy had predicted. Japan has been mired in economic and social [...]

    • A vague, rambling, dismissive treatment of American foreign policy issues, with bland statements and reassurances. One gets the feeling that things are still even more uncertain than before.

    • Robert Kagan is a member of the foreign policy establishment as such you can expect a somewhat rosier view of the benefits of America's role in the world than say someone like Noam Chomsky. I don't expect an establishment figure to talk about the evils of American involvement outside its borders. That said Kagan makes some good points about certain benefits of American Foreign policy. First while all powers work on selfish motives for a large part of its foreign policy these powers like it when [...]

    • Kagan offers a solid, concise statement in this little pamphlet of why the liberal world order depends on American power and why it is worth defending. I broadly agree with his interpretation of world politics, which is a blend of conservative realism and democratic idealism.Here's his argument in a nutshell: "If one wants a more liberal order, there may be no substitute for powerful liberal nations to build and defend it. International order is not an evolution; it is an imposition. It is the d [...]

    • This book was pretty good, but it was a cursory treatment of its subject. The author's premise is that the Pax Americana of the past 65 years benefits most of the people in the world and that most of the world would be worse off if the United States decides that we should withdraw from our role as leader of the free world. He does not subscribe to the notion that civilization has evolved enough that economic prosperity, relative peace, freedom, global trade and exchange of information would surv [...]

    • In a rejoinder to all of the declinist books being published, and the general view of the American public that the US is in decline, the historian Robert Kagan wrote the book The World America Made. [1]Starting from a reasonable assumption that decline is not a factor of uncontrollable events, The World America Made postulates the idea that America is like George Bailey in the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life: a hero who does not understand all of the lives he has helped to furnish, and he c [...]

    • interesting and well written, but not persuasive. kagan is frequently blinded by patriotism, and most arguments don't hold post-2016.

    • Is America in decline? If so, is that a good thing? Kagan's answers are "No, at least not yet" and "It depends on what you want the world to be like." His concluding hunch: "Perhaps if Americans had a clearer picture of what might come after the American world order, they would be more inclined to continue struggling to preserve the world they have made." A quick and enjoyable read. A good companion volume to Bret Stephens's America in Retreat. Notable Quotes:"Foreign policy is like hitting a ba [...]

    • Insightful approach to the both historic and current role of the USA in the contemporary world, as a factor of (counter)balance to the many and various autocratic regimes. Although the author is known to have been a political advisor to several key American political figures, he is not affraid to pertinently criticize, but also to convincingly praise many of America's involvement moments in the international relations throughout the 20th century and how these mixtures (including in the internal [...]

    • Apparently, this book is publicly endorsed by President Obama.An intriguing recount of how America rose to be thee world power, and why (like it or not) America will remain on top for the foreseeable future. Although, we may have to learn how to shareRead like a very objective look at America and it's global actions and role.*written by a greek dude.

    • I really liked this book. It wasn't too political, I couldn't tell if the author was a conservative or a liberal. He gives reasons about why, and how America shaped the global order. It also explains how the world percieves america and how the world would be without America. Overall, America is still THE world Superpower, and if we have some foresight, we'll want to keep it that way.

    • Could have been much better done. Thought it would be a persuasive, history-rich argument for the necessity of American power to underpin the international order, but more surface-level, especially considering Kagan’s previous books. His TNR/Brookings essays will do.

    • In this short (140 pages) but well-developed analytical book, Robert Kagan outlines the result of American pre-eminence in the world and what would happen should the United States either unwillingly or willingly relinquish its position as the unipolar power in the world. The book was completed in 2012, well before the current Trump administration came into office. One can only wonder what Kagan's conclusions are today, 8 months into this new political climate in the United States.The first half [...]

    • Been meaning to read this for a few years and finally got around to it. It's a quick read, just 140 pages, but I'd highly recommend it--good food for thought, even if you don't agree with all of Kagan's conclusions. In a time when Americans of all political persuasions seem to be advocating a smaller, more disengaged, inward-looking role for America, Kagan delivers a clear, concise, and persuasive argument to the contrary. He challenges the widely-held belief that the world would continue to go [...]

    • US as a force of good in be world.Succinct summary of the role the US had played in shaping the wold and the dangers of taking the liberal world order for granted. The author’s prose is clear and to the point, though at times I wish he could discuss examples in more details. As such, I would have happily read a book three times the length. Altogether, I heartily recommend this book is anyone trying to understand the challenges facing the US today and the effects of how those challenges are met [...]

    • "My basic thesis is that the Jews are a criminal people, and the Jews completely control the United States, and the Jews are using the United States as a vehicle to take over the world." - Bobby Fischer

    • What worked: This was a somewhat rosy treatment of America's role in the world, but more balanced than I expected.What didn't: It was too superficial for the length. I wanted either less or more, as it was this sat in an awkward space where it seemed repetitive and/or insufficiently explored

    • The author is very informed and makes a good argument. However, this book is all over the place and at times I forgot what he was originally arguing until he finally comes back around to the initial point.

    • This is a super short read, but it is dense with a lot of big ideas and a good overview of some world history. Enjoyed it and it gave me a lot to think about.

    • Good, concise review of International Relations theories applied to the current world order and America's role in creating and future role of maintaining this liberal world order.

    • This was a fantastic refresher course bringing me up to date on the status of America's role as a unipolar superpower and the benefits we enjoy in the current system with its relative peace, prosperity and security, while western values such as democracy and respect for human rights have spread throughout the world. It is also a sobering reminder of the folly of so many today, including Americans elites, who anticipate and in some cases even call for American retreat and decline. What would the [...]

    • The premise of this book is well summed up by Kagan when he writes: "The notion that the world could make a smooth and entirely peaceful transition from the present configuration of power to a new configuration reflecting an entirely different distribution of power is wishful thinking." (pg. 90) In this short book, which packs a lot into its few pages, Kagan is quite convincing in supporting this assertion. Most impressive to me was his use of history to shore up his arguments, placing our prese [...]

    • In “The World America Made”, Robert Kagan presents a very tight and well-assembled argument that America must continue to play the dominant role in world affairs for the foreseeable future. Here is the essence of his argument:America is a completely different kind of empire, a reluctant empire. Americans “resent and fear the burden of responsibility they have taken on themselves.” The steady rise in American power since WWII, and particularly since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 has [...]

    • The story of how America made the world is one filled with doubt and questionable actions. Mr. Kagan argues that the world America made is one that didn't always look favorable on America. He explains that most of the world before the 20th century was not pro-democracy and instead believed in autocracy as the way to govern it's people.The book is mostly written with the idea in mind of what the world would be like if America didn't have such a strong influence in the world, or as of what he argu [...]

    • As an American who spends a fair amount of time abroad, I am used to criticism directed towards my country and its foreign policy. However, I occasionally have the misfortune to run into people who unswervingly decry America as neo-imperialist power hellbent on violating the sovereignty of helpless nations throughout the world. Though I can readily admit the fallibility of America, this criticism has at best a tenuous connection to reality. My main annoyance is when others obstinately refuse to [...]

    • Overall, I thought this was a good historical perspective on the role of US in foreign affairs. Although it emphasizes the need for America to keep a strong military force, its intentions are motivated by the notion that a global democratic mindset cannot continue to exist unless the US plays a continuous role in global affairs (military-related or otherwise). The aim of this book is to look at how differently today's world might have evolved lacking the role of the US in shaping an internationa [...]

    • I suspect many folks read this book then voted for Trump because Hillary would have led us further into the abyss of the Obama all hope, no reality legacy!

    • Robert Kagan’s The World America Made provides you with an interesting and educated prospective on where America has come from and where it is likely to go in the future. I found this book to be very eye opening to trends and patterns that I would have overlooked otherwise. For example, the book highlights the connection between capitalism and global economic growth. „By resuscitating the economies of Europe and Japan, the United States strengthened both as bulwarks against the Soviet Union [...]

    • Outstanding! A short, but brilliantly done review of the ups and downs of American Foreign & Defense Policy over its schizophrenic last 100+ years. With well selected and relevant examples Robert Kaplan puts today's strategic environment in perspective and convincingly argues that US military and economic power is not in immediate decline nor likely to become so in the forseeable future. He does a wonderful job of putting the arguments of Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria about American rel [...]

    • Kagan's books are always worthwhile. In this short, easy read, Kagan examines the question that seems to be on everyone's mind, whether American power is declining, and what a post-American world might look like. He points out that the modern order, of general peace, prosperity and open trade, is largely due to the power that America has exercised over the last six decades, post World War II. That the modern liberal, democratic order is not the result of human evolution, but the result of actual [...]

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