Mortal Splendor: The American Empire In Transition

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Mortal Splendor: The American Empire In Transition

By Walter Russell Mead
Houghton Mifflin, 1987
381 pp. $19.95

This is a brilliantly written demolition of both liberal and especially conservative shibboleths concerning the political economy of the United States, both in its domestic and international arrangements. The closing optimistic chapters on the possibility of forging a new global social contract are, alas, less convincing than the preceding excoriating criticism.

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