Liberty's Surest Guardian
American Nation-building From the Founders to ObamaBook - 2011 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Jeremi Suri--Nobel Fellow and leading light in the next generation of policy makers--looks to America's history to see both what it has to offer failed states around the world and what it should avoid. Far from being cold imperialists, Americans have earnestly attempted to export their invention of representative government. We have had successes (Reconstruction after the American Civil War, the Philippines, Western Europe) and failures (Vietnam), and we can learn a good deal from both. The framers of the Constitution initiated a policy of cautious nation-building, hoping not to conquer other countries, but to build a world of stable, self-governed societies that would support America's way of life--yet no other country has created more problems for itself and for others by intervening in distant lands and pursuing impractical changes. Suri has mined more than two hundred years of American policy in order to explain the five Ps of nation-building: Partners, Process, Problem-solving, Purpose, and People.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Branch Call Number: 973 SURI
Characteristics: vii, 358 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm