The Myth of America's Decline, by Henry R. Nau
“This book is about America’s role in the world economy.” So opens Henry Nau’s attempt to set forth the policies that will permit America to continue to lead the world. Unfortunately, that is among the few digestible sentences in this probably significant tome.
Nau’s summary of one prong of his argument gives the reader a clue to what, stylistically, is in store. He asserts that
international politics and economics are about not only cycles of power and wealth, as structuralist views contend, but also a search for shared political community in which human societies, most recently organized in national units, freely choose alternative forms of domestic political society and then compete to establish, among themselves, a world community that satisfies higher goals of political and human development.
Things do not get easier.
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