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American Foreign Policy: The Lost Consensus
American Foreign Policy: The Lost Consensus
By George H. Quester
Praeger, 1982, 277 pp

The author argues that the old pre-Vietnam consensus assumed that the United States was better than other countries and that the rest of the world would be happier if we succeeded in encouraging the growth of democracy. This liberal view was challenged both by power-politics realists, who said the United States was no different from other nations (all pursue power), and by radical critics who saw the United States as worse than other nations, indeed, as the principal source of what is wrong in the world. After analyzing events and public opinion from these three perspectives, Quester ends on a note of nostalgia for the old consensus.