Superpowers In Economic Decline: U.S. Strategy For The Transcentury Era

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Superpowers In Economic Decline: U.S. Strategy For The Transcentury Era

By Richard Cohen and Peter A. Wilson
Crane Russak, 1990
276 pp. $49.50
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This is heavy on consulting-company jargon (i.e., "transcentury") but intriguing nonetheless. America's defense possibilities depend on whether it can restore its national economy. The authors' detailed proposals amount to forgoing current consumption for future advantage; in the area of defense, this is recommended as a hedge against an uncertain Soviet threat. It is easy to quibble with the proposals-a long disintegration of the Soviet Union, for instance, seems more likely now than when the authors wrote-but the book is a thought-provoking combination of economics and defense.

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