Grand strategy-looking beyond military strategy to the political and economic setting of national purpose-was making a comeback before the Cold War ended, pushed by writers as different as Michael Howard and Edward Luttwak. This volume's authors are distinguished and their subjects range from the Roman empire to the Soviet Union. Kennedy's own chapter specifies the conclusion about the United States prefigured in his The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: "It simply is not a sensible strategy to have the leading power of the Western World resting upon financial and industrial foundations that are increasingly less competitive internationally. . . while that same nation has retained (indeed expanded). . . military and political commitments."