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A republic, not an empire : reclaiming America's destiny /
Patrick J. Buchanan.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c1999.
xiii, 437 p.
089526272X (alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c1999.
089526272X (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Patrick J. Buchanan is a political commentator and nationally syndicated columnist. He has been a founding panelist on three national television shows on CNN and NBC, and served as a senior White House adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. Buchanan is making his third run for the presidency. He lives with his wife, Shelley, in McLean, Virginia.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1999-07-26:
Claiming to rescue history from the clutches of revisionists who not only slander the idea of isolationism but also get their history wrong, Buchanan (The Great Betrayal, etc.) offers a ringing defense of isolationismÄthough he doesn't call it that. Instead, Buchanan calls his foreign policy one of national interest. It is rooted in an outlook that is not just politically conservative but metaphysically conservative: "The fatal flaw in the globalist vision is that it is utopian. It envisions a world that has never existed and can never exist, because it is contrary to fallen human nature." Scoffing at dreamy internationalism (e.g., Woodrow Wilson's na‹ve desire to make the world "safe for democracy" and George Bush's trumpeting of a "new world order"), he invokes George Washington's Farewell Address warning against foreign entanglements and John Quincy Adams's dictum that it is not America's destiny "to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy." At issue, argues Buchanan, is America's sovereignty: the country should not make commitments to the U.N. or even NATO that will exact a price of blood and treasure where no vital national interest is at stake. As Buchanan ranges widely through American history, historians will find ample opportunity to sling analytical darts. But readers who can stomach the author's more outrageous fits of polemical bile (e.g., claiming that Joseph McCarthy "did nothing to... compare to what was done to the patriots of America First") will have to admit that Buchanan makes a stirring and entertaining argumentÄeven if, as U.S. intervention in Kosovo and NATO expansion illustrate, it is, for the foreseeable future, a losing argument. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Main Description
Political commentator and presidential candidate Pat Buchanan warns that America is inviting terrorist attacks and unnecessary conflict by engaging in an interventionist foreign policy that is costly.
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The political commentator and presidential candidate argues that getting involved in regional skirmishes is creating enemies for America--and that our security is at risk.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
America Reaches for Global Hegemony
How Empires Perishp. 3
Courting Conflict with Russiap. 7
America's Future Warsp. 27
The Myth of American Isolationismp. 47
1789-1823: Independence and Expansion
Birth of an American Foreign Policyp. 59
"Mr. Madison's War"p. 69
How We Took Floridap. 91
1845-1869: Manifest Destiny
"Jimmy Polk's War"p. 105
"One War at a Time"p. 127
1898-1919: The Turning Point
"Splendid Little War"p. 145
The New Imperialistsp. 171
"He Kept Us Out of War"p. 181
"Wilson's War"p. 193
1921-1941: Triumph of the Interventionists
Disarmament Decadep. 231
The Zeal of the Convertp. 249
Back Door to Warp. 283
1945-1989: Twilight Struggle
America's Longest Warp. 301
A Foreign Policy for America
"Passionate Attachments" and Press Powerp. 331
Claimants to Kennan's Legacyp. 355
A Republic, Not an Empirep. 367
Notesp. 391
Acknowledgmentsp. 421
Indexp. 423
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