This book is a very good combination of history and current events. The author provides well thought out explanations of why liberal foreign policy was so successful in the early Cold War, and why the tradition fell into pieces in the late 1960s and beyond. He also provides a good theory for liberals and progressives to regain what, in a way, they only forgot but never actually lost: their understanding of the world, and their ability to create and pursue foreign policies that benefit America and the world.
This book is relevant, due to the comparability of the current post-9/11 period with the late 1940s and the height of progressive internationalism and Trumanism. In both cases, conservatives had proven (even if in different ways) that they did not understand the world and did not know how to fix its current problems. The author is correct that liberals must regain their foreign policy greatness, not for themselves, but for America and the sake of the world.
This is probably one of the best works of Kevin Philips since "The Emerging Republican Majority." Philips displays his extensive knowledge of history, politics, public opinion and political science. Much of what he talks about, such as radical Evangelism and a gas hog culture, most Americans can see every day. His book is not abstract, and he makes arguments that the listener can confirm just by reading the news. I found myself listening to parts of his book several times, because it so well written. The narrator also adds to the book, and makes it a very enjoyable experience.
I loved this book. I love Roman history in general, but this book was unbelievable. The narrator has somewhat of an amusing way of narrating. My only complaint was that it wasn't longer than only a few hours. I learned a lot from this book.
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