Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance

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Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance
By Kori Schake
Hoover Institution Press, 2009
208 pp. $25.00
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These days, it is fashionable to speak of a "post-American world"; discussions of the United States' decline fill the pages of many leading publications. Yet U.S. President Barack Obama dominates the world stage as few historical figures have, and the United States appears destined to play a unique role in the international system for many decades to come. Schake, who is distinguished chair in international security studies at West Point, not only explains why this role appears to be so resilient; she also offers advice for extending the United States' run as the leading world power. Even though this collection was originally prepared for that usually forgettable genre -- advice to an incoming administration -- the lively analysis and sensible recommendations make it an important resource for anyone who agrees that U.S. power, not U.S. decline, is the true issue of the day.