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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew Bacevich Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. These pressing problems threaten all of us, Republicans and Democrats. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism.

Andrew J. Bacevich, uniquely respected across the political spectrum, offers a historical perspective on the illusions that have governed American policy since 1945. The realism he proposes includes respect for power and its limits; sensitivity to unintended consequences; aversion to claims of exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that the books will have to balance. Only a return to such principles, Bacevich argues, can provide common ground for fixing America’s urgent problems before the damage becomes irreparable.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 2/17/2014

    " This book is very strong in the analytical area: what is the problem with American foreign policy? But it is quite weak in prescription: What is to be done? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maya | 2/5/2014

    " This book is a critique of the American dream as currently imagined: global military supremacy, gluttonous pursuit of happiness and politicians that kowtow to public greed to ensure longevity in congress. The most interesting and important argument Bacevich makes, in my view, is that congress has ceded its role as a counterbalance to presidential power. It's not the best-written book--Bacevich makes a lot of unsubstantiated claims that should be passed off as his own opinion rather than accepted analysis and the counterarguments he makes in the conclusion could be better defined-- however, it is a very interesting, scary and coherent take on national security policy, American culture, and the challenges of the next generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 2/4/2014

    " Andrew Bacevich is usually billed as a "conservative historian," but you'd never know it from the way he excoriates the futility of the militaristic forays of recent administrations. Sample section heading: "Does Knowing Douglas Feith is Stupid Make Tommy Franks Smart?" Unmentioned is the fact that Bacevich's son was killed in the Iraq war, which may account for his intemperateness. This would also be a good book for Obama to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob | 1/29/2014

    " similar themes from "blowback" by chalmers johnson. one thing that stood out from this book was the author's take on the military draft. "

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