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The Eccentric Tradition: American Diplomacy in the Far East
The Eccentric Tradition: American Diplomacy in the Far East
By Robert A. Hart
Scribners, 1976, 277 pp

A provocative Tocquevillian argument that America's democratic system and idealistic principles have led to the failure of its foreign policy in Asia by encouraging emotional behavior and inordinate expectations instead of respect for balance and prudence.