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America's Half-Century: United States Foreign Policy In The Cold War

America's Half-Century: United States Foreign Policy In The Cold War

By Thomas J. McCormick

Johns Hopkins, 1990, 273 pp.

Here is a tightly reasoned and controversial historical analysis of how, in the author's view, American foreign policy since 1945 sought and failed to establish the hegemony of the United States in a world system. Those who put more weight on the roles of accident and disorder in world affairs may disagree, but the theoretical rigor of the argument compels attention.