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After the empire : the breakdown of the American order /
Emmanuel Todd ; foreword by Michael Lind ; translated by C. Jon Delogu.
imprint
New York : Columbia University Press, c2003.
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xxiii, 233 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
023113102X (alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2003.
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023113102X (alk. paper)
general note
Translation of: Après l'empire.
catalogue key
5068454
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A powerful antidote to hysterical exaggeration of American power and potential by American triumphalists and anti-American polemicists alike. A best-seller in Europe, Todd's book should be read by all thoughtful Americans for its provocative and well-informed analysis of their nation and its prospects. -- from the foreword by Michael Lind
First Chapter

A powerful antidote to hysterical exaggeration of American power and potential by American triumphalists and anti-American polemicists alike. A best-seller in Europe, Todd's book should be read by all thoughtful Americans for its provocative and well-informed analysis of their nation and its prospects.

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Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
French historian and demographer Emmanuel Todd's provocative new book announces the imminent breakdown of the American order. The US pretends to remain the world's indispensable superpower by attacking insignificant adversaries, Todd argues, yet America is steadily losing control and no longer has the economic, diplomatic, or ideological resources to enforce its foreign policy objectives. To make this case, Todd cites a panoply of indicators, including the US's declining industrial capacity relative to Europe and Japan and, crucially, the burgeoning US trade deficit. To balance its foreign accounts, America needs to borrow more and more from abroad; it has gone from self-reliant hegemon to glorious beggar. Todd provides comparative historical examples of the rise and decline of empires, and points to the return of Russia and the emancipation of Europe as the harbingers of American decline. Although Todd's focus is primarily on global geopolitical developments, he also cites such domestic factors as the failure of racial integration and the redistribution of wealth from poor and middle-class Americans to the rich. Despite some poorly supported generalizations, this thought-provoking book compares well to other examinations of the new American imperialism. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduates, and graduate students. W. Maas New York University
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After the Empire is a work of greater political engagement, excoriating the global impact of an America that has passed with bewildering rapidity from dream to a nightmare, and calling down on it a doom almost as rapid and every bit as fulfilling.
" After the Empireis a work of greater political engagement, excoriating the global impact of an America that has passed with bewildering rapidity from dream to a nightmare, and calling down on it a doom almost as rapid and every bit as fulfilling." -- John Dunn, Times Higher Education Supplement
" After the Empire is a work of greater political engagement, excoriating the global impact of an America that has passed with bewildering rapidity from dream to a nightmare, and calling down on it a doom almost as rapid and every bit as fulfilling." -- John Dunn, Times Higher Education Supplement
After the Empire is worth reading for insight into how some people view the United States... this book might help dispel some of the smugness that is one of the least attractive facets of the American character.
" After the Empireis worth reading for insight into how some people view the United States... this book might help dispel some of the smugness that is one of the least attractive facets of the American character." -- Philip Seib, Dallas Morning News
" After the Empire is worth reading for insight into how some people view the United States... this book might help dispel some of the smugness that is one of the least attractive facets of the American character." -- Philip Seib, Dallas Morning News
Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order is the best new book on the reasons behind American 'theatrical micromilitarism.'... Todd performs the neatest surgery yet on the insecurities besetting the alleged American hyperpower.... Todd gives us more hope than any other recent writer that the day of reckoning is soon to come.
"Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order is the best new book on the reasons behind American 'theatrical micromilitarism.'... Todd performs the neatest surgery yet on the insecurities besetting the alleged American hyperpower.... Todd gives us more hope than any other recent writer that the day of reckoning is soon to come." -- Anis Shivani, Adbusters
"Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Orderis the best new book on the reasons behind American 'theatrical micromilitarism.'... Todd performs the neatest surgery yet on the insecurities besetting the alleged American hyperpower.... Todd gives us more hope than any other recent writer that the day of reckoning is soon to come." -- Anis Shivani, Adbusters
He makes some interesting points.... Worth reading for insight into how some people view the U.S. Throughout much of the world, America is more feared than respected and more disliked than admired. Ignoring such opinions is folly.
"He makes some interesting points.... Worth reading for insight into how some people view the U.S. Throughout much of the world, America is more feared than respected and more disliked than admired. Ignoring such opinions is folly." -- Philip Seib, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
In this latest thought-provoking book, Todd predicts the end of another empire. He examines the fundamental weaknesses of the US to conclude that, contrary to conventional wisdom, America is fast losing its grip on the world stage in economic, military and ideological terms.
"In this latest thought-provoking book, Todd predicts the end of another empire. He examines the fundamental weaknesses of the US to conclude that, contrary to conventional wisdom, America is fast losing its grip on the world stage in economic, military and ideological terms." -- Anne Penketh, The Independent (UK)
...it is a source of intelligent analysis and distinctive insights that merit close attention by all Americans concerned about our country's role in the world and the future we are leaving our children.
"...it is a source of intelligent analysis and distinctive insights that merit close attention by all Americans concerned about our country's role in the world and the future we are leaving our children." -- David Korten, Yes: A Journal of Positive Futures
I would recommend this extraordinary book to everyone troubled by US neo-imperialism... this is a brave and challenging book which contains a great deal of truth.
"I would recommend this extraordinary book to everyone troubled by US neo-imperialism... this is a brave and challenging book which contains a great deal of truth." -- Clare Short, New Statesman
Slic[ing] the globaloney pretty thin,... Todd argues that a New World Order really is emerging, as country after country experiences the rising literacy rates and falling birth rates that precede a shift toward modernization.
"Slic[ing] the globaloney pretty thin, ... Todd argues that a New World Order really is emerging, as country after country experiences the rising literacy rates and falling birth rates that precede a shift toward modernization." -- "Newsday"
"Slic[ing] the globaloney pretty thin,... Todd argues that a New World Order really is emerging, as country after country experiences the rising literacy rates and falling birth rates that precede a shift toward modernization." -- Newsday
"Slic[ing] the globaloney pretty thin,... Todd argues that a New World Order really is emerging, as country after country experiences the rising literary rates and falling birth rates that precede a shift toward modernization." -- Newsday
The most effective and most talked about of the new anti-American texts.
"The most effective and most talked about of the new anti-American texts." -- Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
this is a book well worth reading
"this is a book well worth reading" -- Gerald Horne, Political Affairs
[Todd] has written what may be the most important work since Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man ... Already a best-seller in Europe, this book is destined to be much talked about and analyzed.
"[Todd] has written what may be the most important work since Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man... Already a best-seller in Europe, this book is destined to be much talked about and analyzed." -- Booklist
"[Todd] has written what may be the most important work since Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man ... Already a best-seller in Europe, this book is destined to be much talked about and analyzed." -- Booklist
Todd is a brilliant provocateur. But if his book is sometimes depressing that is because it echoes many of our current concerns. After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order
"Todd is a brilliant provocateur. But if his book is sometimes depressing that is because it echoes many of our current concerns. "After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order"" -- Eugen Weber, "The New Leader"
"Todd is a brilliant provocateur. But if his book is sometimes depressing that is because it echoes many of our current concerns. After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order " -- Eugen Weber, The New Leader
"Todd is a brilliant provocateur. But if his book is sometimes depressing that is because it echoes many of our current concerns." -- Eugen Weber, The New Leader
Todd's book is like a hearty dose of castor oil: strong medicine, but a remedy that, if swallowed, will help us to purge ourselves of much that ails us.
"Todd's book is like a hearty dose of castor oil: strong medicine, but a remedy that, if swallowed, will help us to purge ourselves of much that ails us." -- Harold O. J. Brown, American Conservative
What makes the latest publication by the celebrated French political analyst Emmanuel Todd unusually provocative is its robust skepticism... Todd has written an important book which not only challenges the conventional wisdom but does so with exhilarating verve and panache.
"What makes the latest publication by the celebrated French political analyst Emmanuel Todd unusually provocative is its robust skepticism... Todd has written an important book which not only challenges the conventional wisdom but does so with exhilarating verve and panache." -- Neil Berry, Arab News
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Summaries
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Emmanuel Todd presents an analysis of world politics which predicts the decline of U.S. dominance in the near future. He foresees the rise of new alliances of interest, between industrial Europe & Japan on the one hand, & between Russia & the Moslem world on the other.
Main Description
Widely reviewed and critically praised, Emmanuel Todd's After the Empirepredicts that the United States is forfeiting its superpower status as it moves away from traditional democratic values of egalitarianism and universalism, lives far beyond its means economically, and continues to anger foreign allies and enemies alike with its military and ideological policies. As America's global dominance evaporates, Todd foresees the emergence of a Eurasian alliance bringing together Europe, Russia, Japan, and the Arab-Islamic world. Todd calmly and straightforwardly takes stock of many negative trends, including America's weakened commitment to the socio-economic integration of African Americans, a bulimic economy that increasingly relies on smoke and mirrors and the goodwill of foreign investors, and a foreign policy that squanders the country's reserves of "soft power" while its militaristic arsonist-fireman behavior is met with increasing resistance. Written by a demographer and historian who foresaw the collapse of the Soviet Union, this original and daring book cannot be ignored.
Main Description
Widely reviewed and critically praised, Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire predicts that the United States is forfeiting its superpower status as it moves away from traditional democratic values of egalitarianism and universalism, lives far beyond its means economically, and continues to anger foreign allies and enemies alike with its military and ideological policies. As America's global dominance evaporates, Todd foresees the emergence of a Eurasian alliance bringing together Europe, Russia, Japan, and the Arab-Islamic world. Todd calmly and straightforwardly takes stock of many negative trends, including America's weakened commitment to the socio-economic integration of African Americans, a bulimic economy that increasingly relies on smoke and mirrors and the goodwill of foreign investors, and a foreign policy that squanders the country's reserves of "soft power" while its militaristic arsonist-fireman behavior is met with increasing resistance. Written by a demographer and historian who foresaw the collapse of the Soviet Union, this original and daring book cannot be ignored.
Main Description
Widely reviewed and critically praised, Emmanuel Todd's After the Empirepredicts that the United States is forfeiting its superpower status as it moves away from traditional democratic values of egalitarianism and universalism, lives far beyond its means economically, and continues to anger foreign allies and enemies alike with its military and ideological policies. As America's global dominance evaporates, Todd foresees the emergence of a Eurasian alliance bringing together Europe, Russia, Japan, and the Arab-Islamic world.Todd calmly and straightforwardly takes stock of many negative trends, including America's weakened commitment to the socio-economic integration of African Americans, a bulimic economy that increasingly relies on smoke and mirrors and the goodwill of foreign investors, and a foreign policy that squanders the country's reserves of "soft power" while its militaristic arsonist-fireman behavior is met with increasing resistance. Written by a demographer and historian who foresaw the collapse of the Soviet Union, this original and daring book cannot be ignored.
Table of Contents
Preface: Public and Private
The Partners
Government by Brains Trust ""God Bless You; Keep Scheming""
Tommy Corcoran and the New Dealers Gospel ""You're Beginning to Be an Operator-How Do You Like the Water?""
Making the New Deal Revolution ""The Sense of Being Special""
The Fight for the Rooseveltian Succession ""Douglas's Army""
1945, The New Dealers Government-in-Exile ""I Got the Circuit Moving"" 2 In My Father's House
Rise of an Insider ""We're Going to Get Hubert Some Dough""
Ends and Mean
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