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Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Fred Kaplan

America's leaders have gone from hubris to waking fantasy, according to this caustic critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy. Kaplan (The Wizards of Armageddon) argues that the Cold War's end and 9/11 persuaded President Bush and his advisers … see full wiki

Author: Fred Kaplan
Publisher: Wiley
3 reviews about Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas...
review by . October 24, 2008
How American foreign policy got so off-track in the 21st Century has been well covered in other books. Why it got so off-track is the subject of this book.    It stems from two huge misconceptions made by the Bush White House and the neo-cons. The first is that, on 9/11, the world did not change. It certainly changed in that America suddenly found itself more vulnerable than ever before. But the nature of power, politics and warfare did not change. The second is that, after the …
review by . January 08, 2008
I predict that this thoughtful and well-argued book is going to be quite successful in the political, foreign policy, and journalistic establishment, and among those who place weight on establishment opinions. A respected writer for Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and similar outlets, Fred Kaplan cites Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh, Max Boot, Fareed Zakaria and other reliable sources. Dissonant voices like Chalmers Johnson, Andrew Bacevich, or Noam Chomsky are nowhere to be seen (blessedly, …
review by . January 02, 2008
For some time, I have been of the opinion that twenty years from now, historians will look back on the administration of George W. Bush and consider it the point where American power began to seriously decline. The fallout from the war in Iraq in terms of the fiscal and political cost is immense and continues to grow. The massive U. S. federal deficit is being largely financed by the People's Republic of China, which severely limits the room that Bush and any future president will have in negotiating …
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