By Anatol Lieven
During this arguable critique of yankee political tradition and its old roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. overseas coverage due to the fact September 11 has been formed through the particular personality of our nationalism. inside that nationalism, Lieven analyses very varied traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism in response to the democratic values of what has been known as the "American Creed." those values are held to be common, and somebody can develop into an American by way of adopting them. the opposite culture, the "American antithesis" is a populist and sometimes chauvinist nationalism, which has a tendency to work out the US as a closed nationwide tradition and civilization threatened by means of a adversarial and barbarous open air world.
With the United States wrong or right, Lieven examines how those antithetical impulses have performed out in U.S. responses to the terrorist assaults of 9-11, and within the nature of U.S. aid for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a focus at the American political soul and at the curious mix of chauvinism and idealism that has pushed the Bush administration.
"A attention-grabbing and incisive research of yank nationalism."--London evaluation of Books
"Lieven is relentlessly candid, and has produced a remarkably thought-provoking book.... Tightly written and broadly researched.... A necessary and in addition a troubling e-book on an issue that's either an important and in lots of methods tremendous sensitive."--Brian Urquhart, ny evaluate of Books
"Cogently argued...an very important contribution to the discourse on nationwide id, the struggle on terror and the character of political liberalism."--Publishers Weekly
"America wrong or right indicates a significant highbrow expertise and ambition stretching its wings. particularly, Lieven takes on a few of the sizeable questions on American identification, ideology and exceptionalism in ways in which yield excellent and provocative results.... At its admirable top the United States wrong or right asks vital questions and makes readers assessment a few of their very own so much adored convictions."--Walter Russell Mead, Washington put up publication World
"This struggling with booklet digs underneath the trauma of Sep 11 to discover the cultural resources of renowned help for a blindly competitive and self-defeating international coverage. brilliant and inspiring."--Stephen Holmes, Professor of Politics and legislation, long island collage institution of Law
"Anatol Lieven is certainly one of today's so much insightful observers of U.S. overseas coverage. during this unparalleled e-book he presents an research of the virtues and the risks of yankee nationalism that's as provocative because it is perceptive." --Michael Lind, writer of the following American Nation
"A looking out exam of the deep-seated assets of yankee habit, Anatol Lieven's the US wrong or right takes on what others evade--the themes that, no matter if for strong or unwell, make us who we're and supply the engine of U. S. overseas coverage. In stinky, muscular prose, Lieven makes a powerful case that the neoconservatives have got a ways an excessive amount of credits for the process American coverage due to the fact September 11. His bankruptcy at the at the same time damaging process U.S.-Israel family members is not just brave yet powerfully illuminating."--Andrew J. Bacevich, writer of the approaching the recent American Militarism
"The writer demonstrates that U.S. coverage in Afghanistan in the course of the Nineteen Eighties was once a failed try and counter Soviet effect and to catch up on the loss in Vietnam skillfully unravels the origins of yankee nationalism and illuminates its failings and virtues."--Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine
"Anatol Lieven is without doubt one of the so much notion scary and insightful writers in Washington. This ebook is particularly a lot within the similar tradition."--Senator Dick Clark, Director of The Congressional software, The Aspen Institute
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S. policy is to be explained only by ingrained "anti-Americanism," how would the writers explain the shift in opinion in Britain between the war in Afghanistan (which public opinion strongly supported) and the war in Iraq? Is British society too supposed to be congenitally anti-American and an example of failed modernity? Or try applying the logic of these arguments to other countries. Many Poles do not much like Russians and probably never will, for old historical reasons. Does this mean that Polish-Russian relations would be unaffected by new Russian policies which Poland saw as contemptuous and hostile?
Society. One reason for the persistence of this belief in America is that in the midtwentieth century, it was actually true. When the popular evangelist Billy Sunday declared at the outbreak of war with Germany in 1917 that "America is placed in a position where the fate of the world depends largely on our conduct. If we lose our heads, down goes civilization," he was engaging in nationalist hyperbole. "61 It was inscribed on the Republic's Great Seal at America's birth as a united nation: Novus Ordo Seclorum: A New Order for the Ages.
As in America, this myth usually involved the explicit identification of the country concerned with biblical Israel. Such Protestant and biblical imagery pervaded British imperial rhetoric, including that of the not very religious (indeed, Masonic) Rudyard Kipling. It always strangely blended themes of christianization, liberation and development with racial superiority and celebration of victorious force. Present in all the great powers in modern history has also been an Americanstyle sense of themselves as "universal nations," summing up the best in mankind and also embracing the whole of mankind with their universally applicable values.