The Short American Century by Andrew J. Bacevich
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In February 1941, Henry Luce announced the arrival of “The American Century.” But that century—extending from World War II to the recent economic collapse—has now ended, victim of strategic miscalculation, military misadventures, and economic decline. Here some of America’s most distinguished historians place the century in historical perspective.

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Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.
Published April 2, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 296 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Others looks at the effects of immigration and race, historical antecedents (Manifest Destiny, the Truman Doctrine), military misadventures since World War II (Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq) and the influence of some significant players on the stage, among them Walter Lippmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Ran...

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In February 1941, Henry Luce, the formidable publisher of Time, Life and Fortune, published one of the most memorable op-eds in the history of American journalism.

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In short, handing war to the special operators severs an already too tenuous link between war and politics;

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