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50% history book. Some interesting ideas about the future.,
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This review is from: Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (Paperback)A good summary of the recent history of the American Empire - mostly WWII and after. I found the book to be an informative summary of US military interventions over the last 100 year. However, from an economic historian, I was expecting more about the alleged cultural and commercial imperialism (Coca-Colonisation).
The author points out the both the positive outcomes and good intentions of US military actions as well as the failures that influenced subsequent policy. The US comes off well (as the UK did in his history of the British Empire).
I expect history books to focus on the past, not the future. It must have been tempting for the author in 2004 to speculate on the outcome of the Iraq War, American policy post 9/11, and the weaknesses of the EU as he clearly holds strong views on these subjects. However, these chapters (about half the book) now look dated as he muses about the chance of oil reaching $30/barrel, the possibility of the US remaining in Iraq for 3 or more years, and laments the policies that have made Germany the sick man of Europe. This review was written in 2011, if you're reading it in 2018, then more fool me.
There is a chapter about the EU with very little to anchor it to the rest of the book.
A very good read, but too much irrelevant material and soapbox to be considered a good history book.