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Power and willpower in the American future : why the United States is not destined to decline, Robert J. Lieber

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Power and willpower in the American future : why the United States is not destined to decline
Title
Power and willpower in the American future
Title remainder
why the United States is not destined to decline
Statement of responsibility
Robert J. Lieber
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "To argue against the widely proclaimed idea of American decline might seem a lonely task. After all, the problems are real and serious. Yet if we take a longer view, much of the discourse about decline appears exaggerated, hyperbolic and ahistorical. Why? First, because of the deep underlying strengths of the United States. These include not only size, population, demography and resources, but also the scale and importance of its economy and financial markets, its scientific research and technology, its competitiveness, its military power and its attractiveness to talented immigrants. Second, there is the weight of history and of American exceptionalism. Throughout its history, the United States has repeatedly faced and eventually overcome daunting challenges and crises. Contrary to a prevailing pessimism, there is nothing inevitable about American decline. Ultimately, the ability to avoid serious decline is less a question of material factors than of policy, leadership and political will"--
  • "'The United States cannot afford another decline like that which has characterized the past decade and a half.....Only self-delusion can keep us from admitting our decline to ourselves.' -- Henry A. Kissinger, 1961. In the above words, one of America's most distinguished strategic thinkers and policymakers expresses alarm at America's condition and the perils it faces. The warning seems timely, yet it was written more than half a century ago as an assessment of the Soviet threat, problems with allies and the developing world, and in frustration with what the author saw as dangerously inadequate policy and strategic choices. Henry Kissinger was by no means alone. He cited George Kennan's lament about our domestic failings with race, the cities, the education and environment of our young people, and the gap between expert knowledge and popular understanding, even while criticizing Kennan's focus on those problems to the exclusion of military and diplomatic threats"--
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1941-
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Lieber, Robert J.
Dewey number
303.4973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Exceptionalism
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States
  • United States
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Power and willpower in the American future : why the United States is not destined to decline, Robert J. Lieber
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The American future : problems of primacy, policy, and purpose -- Primacy past and present -- Responses to decline -- Information, socialization, and national identity ; "Will versus wallet" in the American future -- 2. Domestic and global interactions : economics, energy, and American power -- Financial crises in perspective -- Competitiveness and crisis response -- The perils of oil import dependence -- Power and domestic capacity -- 3. American attitudes and institutions -- Public attitudes -- Domestic doctrine and policy -- Domestic capacity -- Challenges and challengers -- 4. Threats to persistent primacy and the rise of others -- Elusive dangers : volatility in threat assessment -- Thinking about threats -- The rise of others -- The rise of China -- Tangible threats and shifts in the international distribution of power -- Twenty-first-century realities -- 5. Stretch or "imperial overstretch"? -- Military costs and capabilities -- Problems of collective action : allies and burden sharing -- Limits of global governance -- Unipolarity and apolarity -- Commitments and political sustainability -- 6. Power and willpower in the American future -- Is this time different? -- America's edge -- Ideas, beliefs, and policies -- What is to be done at home -- What is to be done abroad -- Why the declinists are wrong again
Control code
FIEb17167577
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 180 pages
Isbn
9780521281270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)771425311
Label
Power and willpower in the American future : why the United States is not destined to decline, Robert J. Lieber
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The American future : problems of primacy, policy, and purpose -- Primacy past and present -- Responses to decline -- Information, socialization, and national identity ; "Will versus wallet" in the American future -- 2. Domestic and global interactions : economics, energy, and American power -- Financial crises in perspective -- Competitiveness and crisis response -- The perils of oil import dependence -- Power and domestic capacity -- 3. American attitudes and institutions -- Public attitudes -- Domestic doctrine and policy -- Domestic capacity -- Challenges and challengers -- 4. Threats to persistent primacy and the rise of others -- Elusive dangers : volatility in threat assessment -- Thinking about threats -- The rise of others -- The rise of China -- Tangible threats and shifts in the international distribution of power -- Twenty-first-century realities -- 5. Stretch or "imperial overstretch"? -- Military costs and capabilities -- Problems of collective action : allies and burden sharing -- Limits of global governance -- Unipolarity and apolarity -- Commitments and political sustainability -- 6. Power and willpower in the American future -- Is this time different? -- America's edge -- Ideas, beliefs, and policies -- What is to be done at home -- What is to be done abroad -- Why the declinists are wrong again
Control code
FIEb17167577
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 180 pages
Isbn
9780521281270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)771425311

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