Andrew J. Bacevich, ed.: The Short American Century

A Postmortem

Harvard University Press, 2012

Book Description:

In February 1941, Henry Luce announced the arrival of “The American Century”. But that century – extending from World War II to the recent economic collapse – has now ended, victim of strategic miscalculation, military misadventures, and economic decline. Here some of America’s most distinguished historians place the century in historical perspective.


“Bracing and provocative.” Kirkus Review

“This collection of essays constitutes a how-to manual for people who sense something deeply wrong with the current bipartisan consensus on American power, but can’t quite articulate what it is.”  Nick Baumann, Commonweal

About the Editor:

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.

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