Estrangement: America and the World

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Estrangement: America and the World

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"The United States is estranged from the world--separate, aloof, more alone than even the most cynical of pessimistic observers might have predicted in the heyday of American postwar power," Sanford Ungar writes. The United States is today at greater odds with its major adversary, less united with its former allies, and more deeply troubled by its relationships with nations of the Third World. The unease is also deeply felt inside the United States. It is a phenomenon that extends across party and ideological lines.
This book explores the reasons for that estrangement. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the occasion of its seventy-fifth anniversary, invited a dozen leading scholars, foreign commentators, journalists, and former public officials to explore the symptoms, causes and long-range effects of this estrangement. Each writer takes as a point of departure a single event or idea that was central to America's experience at a particular moment; but the authors move backward and forward in time to explain their themes. Whether discussing the Arab oil embargo or the Iranian revolution or Afghanistan and the collapse of detente, these experts cast familiar episodes in postwar American foreign policy in an entirely new and revealing light. Their varied and contrasting perspectives will be an important contribution to the American and international debate on world affairs for years to come.
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Sanford J. Ungar, former host of "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio, is now a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Sanford J. Ungar, former host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and the author, most recently, of Africa: The People and Politics of an Emerging Continent.

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This thought-provoking collection of 12 essays by scholars, political journalists and former public officials examines our national character in the context of the past 40 years of our historyfrom the high confidence at the close of WW II through the paradoxical paranoia of the McCarthyist '50s, the turbulence of the Civil Rights era, and the psychic hammer-blows of the Vietnam tragedy and the Iranian hostage debacle. Writers of the calibre of Frances Fitzgerald, Robert J. Donovan, Donald McHenry, Lester Thurow, James Chace and Richard Ullman trace the American psyche in its political manifestations from preMonroe Doctrine times to the current "estrangement"most alarmingly from our European "natural allies"that marks our relations with the rest of the world. Often with eloquence, the writers probe elements of America's political immaturity: ignorance of other nations' cultures, Messianic moralism that often masks a thrust for power, an obsession with the U.S.S.R. that dangerously narrows our world-view. Ungar is a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. November 28
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