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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307961311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307961310
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book makes the case that the nation's decline is a myth, a reaction to the financial crisis of 2008 rather than to any genuine geopolitical shifts." --"The New York Times"
"These ideas struck a chord with a President accused of leading a great American retreat."
--Michael Crowley, "Time"
"Kagan paints with a broad brush, sprinkling a memorable metaphor here, a striking simile there . . . He provides a compelling demonstration that whether it's protecting the sea lanes vital for free trade or nudging societies toward democracy, the world stands a better chance with America in prime position than with China or Russia in the lead." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"[Marco] Rubio's foreign-policy views have evidently been recently shaped by a reading of Robert Kagan's "The World America Made, " a much-discussed refutation of the now-popular notion of American decline. As a Romney advisor who has penned bedside reading for President Barack Obama, Kagan could plausibly claim to be the most prominently cited writer in Washington right now." --"Foreign Policy Magazine"
"Intelligent, cogent, and timely." --"Publishers Weekly
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"At once a robust defence of the role America plays in world affairs and a determined rejection of the 'myth' that America is in decline." --"Financial Times
"
"Serious, scholarly . . . [These are] ideas expressed clearly and consicely." --David Ignatius, Washington Post Writers Group
"An extended and convincing argument against the thesis that there is anything inevitable about American decline." -- Max Boot, "Commentary"
"The foreign policy blueprint for the next Republican president." --Senator Marco Rubio
"Kagan grabs the reader's attention from page one . . . He makes a powerful point: If America were to make a serious effort to disengage in world affairs, the world quickly would devolve into a much more scary and dangerous place . . . If you have time to read just one b

"At once a robust defense of the role America plays in world affairs and a determined rejection of the 'myth' that America is in decline."
--"Financial Times"
"Kagan's writing bristles with insights and ideas."
--"Foreign Affairs"
"An extended and convincing argument against the thesis that there is anything inevitable about American decline."
--"Commentary"
"Accessible, thought-provoking and extraordinary. . . . Robert Kagan has both the foreign policy credentials and political street cred to know from whence he speaks. . . . A book about such a grand topic as global strategy runs two risks. First is making definitive assertions in the face of enormous complexity. . . . The second is imparting too much meaning from historical events. . . . However, Mr. Kagan avoids both traps. He skillfully reasons from a wide breadth of compelling facts that from the end of World War II to today, for better (he believes) or worse, and often with great ambivalence, America has raised the living standards of the world while helping democracy grow and flourish and the democratic world should and will likely want to keep it that way."
--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"
"The book makes the case that the nation's decline is a myth, a reaction to the financial crisis of 2008 rather than to any genuine geopolitical shifts."
--"The New York Times"
"These ideas struck a chord with a President accused of leading a great American retreat."
--"TIME"
"Kagan grabs the reader's attention from page one. . . . Kagan makes a powerful point: If America were to make a serious effort to disengage in world affairs, the world quickly would devolve into a much more scary and dangerous place."
--"The Augusta Chronicle"
"[Kagan] seems to care less about partisanship than about ideas, particularly his advocacy for a powerful American role in the world. . . . The virtue of Kagan's book is that his ideas and logic are so clearly laid out that readers can see where they agree or disagree."
--"The Washington Post
"
"Kagan paints with a broad brush, sprinkling a memorable metaphor here, a striking simile there . . . He provides a compelling demonstration that whether it's protecting the sea lanes vital for free trade or nudging societies toward democracy, the world stands a better chance with America in prime position than with China or Russia in the lead."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"[Marco] Rubio's foreign-policy views have evidently been recently shaped by a reading of Robert Kagan's "The World America Made, " a much-discussed refutation of the now-popular notion of American decline. As a Romney advisor who has penned bedside reading for President Barack Obama, Kagan could plausibly claim to be the most prominently cited writer in Washington right now."
--"Foreign Policy Magazine"
"Intelligent, cogent, and timely."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"Serious, scholarly . . . [These are] ideas expressed clearly and consicely."
--David Ignatius, "Washington Post" Writers Group
"The foreign policy blueprint for the next Republican president."
--Senator Marco Rubio
"Kagan grabs the reader's attention from page one . . . He makes a powerful point: If America were to make a serious effort to disengage in world affairs, the world quickly would devolve into a much more scary and dangerous place . . . If you have time to read just one book, I suggest Kagan's."
--Major General Perry Smith
"Magisterial . . . It's a small book, it's a great book."
--Bill Bennett
"Very important . . . A wonderful book."
--Hugh Hewitt
"A must-read."
--Lou Dobbs

At once a robust defense of the role America plays in world affairs and a determined rejection of the myth that America is in decline.
"Financial Times"
Kagan s writing bristles with insights and ideas.
"Foreign Affairs"
An extended and convincing argument against the thesis that there is anything inevitable about American decline.
"Commentary"
Accessible, thought-provoking and extraordinary. . . . Robert Kagan has both the foreign policy credentials and political street cred to know from whence he speaks. . . . A book about such a grand topic as global strategy runs two risks. First is making definitive assertions in the face of enormous complexity. . . . The second is imparting too much meaning from historical events. . . . However, Mr. Kagan avoids both traps. He skillfully reasons from a wide breadth of compelling facts that from the end of World War II to today, for better (he believes) or worse, and often with great ambivalence, America has raised the living standards of the world while helping democracy grow and flourish and the democratic world should and will likely want to keep it that way.
"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"
The book makes the case that the nation s decline is a myth, a reaction to the financial crisis of 2008 rather than to any genuine geopolitical shifts.
"The New York Times"
These ideas struck a chord with a President accused of leading a great American retreat.
"TIME"
Kagan grabs the reader s attention from page one. . . . Kagan makes a powerful point: If America were to make a serious effort to disengage in world affairs, the world quickly would devolve into a much more scary and dangerous place.
"The Augusta Chronicle"
[Kagan] seems to care less about partisanship than about ideas, particularly his advocacy for a powerful American role in the world. . . . The virtue of Kagan s book is that his ideas and logic are so clearly laid out that readers can see where they agree or disagree.
"The Washington Post
"
Kagan paints with a broad brush, sprinkling a memorable metaphor here, a striking simile there . . . He provides a compelling demonstration that whether it s protecting the sea lanes vital for free trade or nudging societies toward democracy, the world stands a better chance with America in prime position than with China or Russia in the lead.
"The New York Times Book Review"
[Marco] Rubio s foreign-policy views have evidently been recently shaped by a reading of Robert Kagan s "The World America Made, " a much-discussed refutation of the now-popular notion of American decline. As a Romney advisor who has penned bedside reading for President Barack Obama, Kagan could plausibly claim to be the most prominently cited writer in Washington right now.
"Foreign Policy Magazine"
Intelligent, cogent, and timely.
"Publishers Weekly"
Serious, scholarly . . . [These are] ideas expressed clearly and consicely.
David Ignatius, "Washington Post" Writers Group
The foreign policy blueprint for the next Republican president.
Senator Marco Rubio
Kagan grabs the reader s attention from page one . . . He makes a powerful point: If America were to make a serious effort to disengage in world affairs, the world quickly would devolve into a much more scary and dangerous place . . . If you have time to read just one book, I suggest Kagan s.
Major General Perry Smith
Magisterial . . . It s a small book, it s a great book.
Bill Bennett
Very important . . .A wonderful book.
Hugh Hewitt
A must-read.
Lou Dobbs" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for "The Washington Post." He is also the author of "The Return of History and the End of Dreams," "Dangerous Nation," "Of Paradise and Power," and "A Twilight Struggle." He served in the U.S. State Department from 1984 to 1988. He lives with his wife and two children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By Hande Z TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a book of rhetoric, not analysis. Kagan yearns for the USA to rise again and "dominate" the world because if it doesn't, some other state (perhaps China) will. He thinks that if America commits superpower suicide the world will turn chaotic. One can't help asking if the world would be better off with a dictator (however benevolent) nation, be it the USA, or Russia, or China - or for that matter, Britain, the country with vast experience in global domination? A dominant USA is good for USA but is it good for the rest of the world? Kagan seems to think so. All the reasons he gives for a dominant nation can apply to any other, so why not China? The reason is simply that Kagan is American. Should a Chinese think in like vein one should ask the same questions of him.
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this book was ok,it makes some assertions which are easily contestable.All in all it is a reasonable treatise,although its assumptions about China's GDP seem to be wide of the mark.
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