Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, is the editor of the forthcoming book The Short American Century: A Postmortem.
By creating an atmosphere of perpetual crisis, Presidents have expanded their powers and hidden their actions from the public eye.
American foreign policy is shaped by a myth of national righteousness. In two new books, Peter Beinart abuses history to suggest liberals embrace this myth, while Stephen Kinzer uses America's history of involvement in foreign coups to reveal why we cannot.
In his new book, Robert Kaplan proposes that the
antidote to anarchy is empire, policed by soldiers holding an assault
rifle in one hand and candy bars in the other.
The reality of America's role in the cold war was far more complex and ambiguous than historical accounts suggest.