Second chance : three presidents and the crisis of American superpower / Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Author
Published
  • New York : Basic Books c2007
Physical description
vi, 234 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
  • 9780465002528 (alk. paper)
  • 0465002528 (alk. paper)
Notes
  • Includes index.
Contents
  • The challenge of global leadership -- The mists of victory (and the spawning of clashing historical visions) -- The original sin (and the pitfalls of conventional imagination) -- The impotence of good intentions (and the price of self-indulgence) -- Catastrophic leadership (and the politics of fear) -- Beyond 2008 (and America's second chance)
Genre
  • Illustrated
Language
  • English
  • A story of wasted opportunity and squandered prestige: a critique of the last three U.S. presidents' foreign policy. Distinguished commentator on foreign policy, former National Security Adviser Brzezinski, offers a reasoned but unsparing assessment of the last three presidential administrations' foreign policy. Though spanning less than two decades, these administrations cover a vitally important turning point in world history: the period in which the United States, having emerged from the Cold War with unprecedented power and prestige, managed to squander both in a remarkably short time. This is a tale of decline: from the competent but conventional thinking of the first Bush administration, to the well-intentioned self-indulgence of the Clinton administration, to the mortgaging of America's future by the "suicidal statecraft" of the second Bush administration. Brzezinski concludes with a chapter on how America can regain its lost prestige. This scholarly yet highly opinionated book is sure to be both controversial and influential.--From publisher description.

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