God and Gold by Walter Russell Mead
Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

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A stunningly insightful account of the global political and economic system, sustained first by Britain and now by America, that has created the modern world.

The key to the two countries' predominance, Mead argues, lies in the individualistic ideology inherent in the Anglo-American religion. Over the years Britain and America's liberal democratic system has been repeatedly challeged—by Catholic Spain and Louis XIV, the Nazis, communists, and Al Qaeda—and for the most part, it has prevailed. But the current conflicts in the Middle East threaten to change that record unless we foster a deeper understanding of the conflicts between the liberal world system and its foes.


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About Walter Russell Mead

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Walter Russell Mead is Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times and a senior contributing editor of Worth magazine, he has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition. He lives in Jackson Heights, New York.
 
Published October 14, 2008 by Vintage. 466 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Mead (Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk, 2004, etc.) explains all this and more in his ingenious critique of the brilliantly successful methods and the occasional madness of the English-speaking peoples, from Cromwell to Reagan, Berkeley to Bush.

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Walter Russell Mead argues that every age needs its liberal empire in control of the seas.

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That the United States refuses to recognize that reality and considers cooperating with Assad’s chief patron will only catalyze support for the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) among those still on the fence, while at the same time it will bolster Putin’s recklessness, as he calculates that ...

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