In the Shadows of the American Century by Alfred W. MCCoy
The Rise and Decline of US Global Power (Dispatch Books)

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Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike, offering no likely path beyond decline and fall.
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In a completely original analysis, McCoy explores America’s rise as a world power, from the 1890s through the Cold War and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of American hegemony—covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance.

Alfred W. McCoy’s 2009 book Policing America’s Empire won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.

 

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Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His 2009 book Policing America’s Empire won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. In 2012, Yale University awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal for work as “one of the world’s leading historians of Southeast Asia and an expert on…international political surveillance.”
 
Published September 12, 2017 by Haymarket Books. 280 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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on Jun 27 2017

Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike, offering no likely path beyond decline and fall.

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Reviewed by Paul Street on Nov 09 2017

These criticisms aside, McCoy’s book is a brilliant and deeply informed must-read for anyone seriously interested in geopolitics, the history of Empire, and the shape of the future.

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