In The Ideas That Conquered the World, Michael Mandelbaum describes the uneven spread (over the past two centuries) of peace, democracy, and free markets from the wealthy and powerful countries of the world's core, where they originated, to the weaker and poorer countries of its periphery. And he assesses the prospects for these ideas in the years to come, giving particular attention to the United States, which bears the greatest responsibility for protecting and promoting them, and to Russia, China, and the Middle East, in which they are not well established and where their fate will affect the rest of the world.
Drawing on history, politics, and economics, this incisive book provides a clear and original guide to the main trends of the twenty-first century, from globalization to terrorism, through the perspective of one of our era's most provocative thinkers.
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the market economy presupposes winners and losers, and while Mandelbaum has little trouble plumping for the peace and democracy elements, he is less convincing on the free market angle: Was US intervention in the Middle East—for instance, in Iran in 1953—really conducive to free trade as the oil-...| Read Full Review of The Ideas that Conquered the ...
Mandelbaum, foreign policy professor at Johns Hopkins and a Newsday columnist, brings extensive experience in policy analysis to this examination of the political and economic ideas he believes will dominate the post–Cold War era.| Read Full Review of The Ideas that Conquered the ...
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