The Paradox of American Power: Why the Worlds Only Superpower Cant Go It Alone

Paperback | April 15, 2003

byJoseph S. Nye

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Not since the Roman Empire has any nation had as much economic, cultural, and military power as the United States does today. Yet, as has become all too evident through the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the impending threat of the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, that power isnot enough to solve global problems--like terrorism, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction--without involving other nations. Here Joseph S. Nye, Jr. focuses on the rise of these and other new challenges and explains clearly why America must adopt a morecooperative engagement with the rest of the world.

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Not since the Roman Empire has any nation had as much economic, cultural, and military power as the United States does today. Yet, as has become all too evident through the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the impending threat of the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, that power isnot enough to solve global problems--like t...

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, he is the author several books, including Govern...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.2 × 7.91 × 0.71 inPublished:April 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soft power it is not Nye's treatise on the declining influence of today's hegemony is quite timely given the contentious political landscape of our times. Indeed, The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go it Alone attempts to contextualise the consequences of the Bush Administration's unilateralist policies and reminds the reader the subtle benefits of soft power. This book reminds me of former Canadian foreign minister, Lloyd Axworthy's venture into the same fray a couple of years ago. Admittedly, I enjoyed the latter's thoughts to a greater degree, but that can be attributed to my nationalist bias and my peculiar interests in the policies and ideals that Axworthy espouses. Overall, Nye's treatise is eloquent as well as informative, yet the book contains some noticeable typos that distracted this reader from the argument at hand. Nonetheless, Nye presents his hypothesis in a comprehensive fashion which serves the reader (and non-academics) to warm up to his thoughts and hopefully, to partake the author's poignant advice. Overall, Nye believes that the U.S. should be mindful of emerging economic scions and to employ isolationist and unilateralist policies only as a last-chance measure. However, there are times when his point of view becomes almost simplistic, particularly when the author attempts to justify the Bush Administration's unequivical denouncement of the Kyoto Protocol. All in all, Nye's eloquence and pertinent framework would be well-placed to be the catalyst for many fiery political debates and discussions.
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Table of Contents

Preface1. The American Colossus1. The Information Revolution1. Globalization1. The Home Front1. Redefining the National InterestNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Could not be more timely.... Nye's objection to unilateralism, or realism in the sense used here, is not that they are conceptually insecure; his point is that they just don't work."--New York Review of Books