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FOREIGN AFFAIRS New Middle East alliance will challenge Saudis

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS Bill Shorten's bizarre electric car policy

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Revitalising marriage and family: an especially lay apostolate

ASIAN AFFAIRS Entire nations going out without a baby's whimper

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MUSIC 1+1=Sublimity: Explanations are like the back side of a tapestry

CINEMA Shazam!: Ambitious teen finds out what's in a name

BOOK REVIEW What will be left us after the deluge?

BOOK REVIEW Author puts some great minds to work

LETTERS

POETRY

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IN THE SHADOWS OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY:
The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power

Alfred McCoy

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As the dust settled after World War II, America controlled half the world's manufacturing capacity. By the end of the Cold War it possessed nearly half the planet's military forces, spread across eight hundred bases, and much of its wealth. Beyond what was on display, the United States had also built a formidable diplomatic and clandestine apparatus. Indeed, more than anything else, it is this secretive tier of global surveillance and covert operations that distinguishes the US from the great empires of the past.

But even as it has secured an unrivalled power network through satellites, drones and cyberwarfare, recent years have seen America's share of the global economy diminish, its diplomatic alliances falter and its claim to moral leadership abandoned. Meanwhile, China is emerging as the world's economic powerhouse, poised to integrate the ‘world island' stretching from Shanghai to Madrid and lay claim to the South China Sea. The nineteenth century belonged to Britain and the twentieth to America. Will China take the twenty-first?

 

America rules the world, but for how much longer?

 

“Persuasively argues for the inevitable decline of the American empire and the rise of China … Powerful.” – Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

 

“One of our best and most underappreciated historians takes a hard look at the truth of our empire, both its covert activities and the reasons for its impending decline.” – Oliver Stone

 

“A meticulous, eye-opening account of the rise, since 1945, and impending premature demise of the American Century of world domination.” – Ann Jones, author of They Were Soldiers

 

“Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike.” – Kirkus

 

About the Author

Alfred W. McCoy is Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, Yale University awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal for work as one of the world's leading historians of Southeast Asia and an expert on international political surveillance.


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