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Mortal Splendor: The American Empire In Transition
Mortal Splendor: The American Empire In Transition
By Walter Russell Mead
381 pp, Houghton Mifflin, 1987
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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.