Second Chance : Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-07
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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The three presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush span just two decades, but they cover a pivotally important time: the period in which the United States, having emerged from the Cold War as the unquestioned victor, enjoyed a degree of international dominance that was unprecedented in the history of the world. These three American presidents were not mere heads of state but the de facto leaders of the world.

Author Biography

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, is a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University, both located in Washington, D.C. His many books include The Choice and The Grand Chessboard. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

The Challenge of Global Leadershipp. 1
The Mists of Victory: (and the Spawning of Clashing Historical Visions)p. 17
Confused Expectations
The Search for Certitude
The Original Sin: (and the Pitfalls of Conventional Imagination)p. 45
Victorious Diplomacy
Forsaken Triumph
The Impotence of Good Intentions: (and the Price of Self-Indulgence)p. 83
Shaping the Future
Confronting the Past
Catastrophic Leadership: (and the Politics of Fear)p. 135
"The Central Front" as the Cemetery of Neocon Dreams
And the Rest of the World
Beyond 2008: (and America's Second Chance)p. 179
How Has America Led?
Will America Have a Second Chance?
The Geopolitics of Global Political Awakening
Afterthoughts on Iraq and the War on Terrorp. 217
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony: Zbigniew Brzezinski
Terrorized by "War on Terror": How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Indexp. 233
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