6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a dense book on political theory. It covers the origins and future direction of the neoconservative movement. Primarily a personal essay by analyst (and former neocon supporter) Francis Fukuyama, it meanders, digresses and, at times, makes a call for action. He includes enough academic material to make both interesting and formidable reading, even for those with a serious interest in government. This is not about everyday politics, but about underlying ideas and concepts, although the author does not clearly state what he thinks will happen after the neoconservatives are removed from power - or even how soon, or if, that might happen. He reserves his recommendations for the last chapter, but the book's opaque presentation and unfortunately stilted language blunt his usual bite about the role of the neoconservative movement. We recommend this book primarily to those who have followed Fukuyama's earlier works or who are very interested in political theory. Serious poly sci students will find it rich and substantive.
16 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2006
I've read all of Fukuyama's books and I really rated "The End of History" and "The Great Disruption". But after the Neocons seems a bit like a rush job. Some of the points he makes are quite obvious albeit delivered in the usual analytical style. Found the bit in the beginning quite boring (you will too unles you are into the history of the neo cons), the book picked up towards the middle-end. But there was no grand theory like in his previous books.
Read it if you are a Fukuyama fan and if you've got time to kill, but would not recommend it otherwise
19 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2006
Until a few years ago Francis Fukuyama was a "beacon" to all neocons. He articulated quite well their points of view in books and influential articles and gave them some credibility, at least in the eyes of those paying less attention to detail.
However, since Bush decided to go to war against Iraq, Fukuyama has voiced his opinion quite strongly against what can only be seen as further attempts to build the 'empire of the United States of America'. And this is the book where he exposes his former colleagues.
Is this the death of neocons? I don't believe so, but it is certainly another (big and strong) nail in their coffin.