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COVER STORY The Christ child: a life lived for the whole world

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CANBERRA OBSERVED Libs fish around for explanations

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwanese agree to stick with nuclear power

EDUCATION In support of NAPLAN

VICTORIAN ELECTION Coalition collapse

ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Mondragon Corporation: humanity at work

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TAIWAN Referendum stems homosexual tide

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Free trade and the WTO in the Trump era

MUSIC Teacher teachers: The jarring note in music courses

CLASSIC CINEMA The Adventures of Robin Hood: The one and only

BOOK REVIEW A triumph of determination

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HIGHER EDUCATION Massification: it's the name of the game

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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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