The World America Made

by Robert Kagan

The World America Made

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Robert Kagan responds to those who anticipate — or even long for — a post-American world order by showing what a decline in America's influence would truly mean for the United States and the rest of the world, as the vital institutions, economies and ideals currently supported by American power wane or disappear. As Kagan notes, it has happened before: one need only consider the consequences of the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I.

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Some believe America is in decline, but author Robert Kagan disagrees. In The World America Made, the neoconservative writer and former adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney argues that what people think of as decline is based on a faulty memory of how things used to be. "People have a sense that America used to call the shots, used to be able to dominate the world, get everyone to do what we wanted them to do. And of course that's ludicrous," he

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