Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman American Umpire

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Commentators call the United States an empire: occasionally a benign empire, sometimes an empire in denial, often a destructive empire. In American Umpire, Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman explores key turning points in history from George Washington to Barack Obama. She challenges the notion that the United States is an empire, and asserts instead that America has performed the role of umpire since 1776, compelling adherence to rules that gradually earned broad approval, even though it also violated these rules on occasion. Over time, prosperity spread, wars declined in ferocity, and human life expectancy doubled worldwide. But security came at a cost that was not shared equally by all. The United States is the world's most powerful country--and one of its richest--but more exposed to criticism and hazards than ever. Umpiring is a weighty responsibility. With all eyes upon them, umpires cannot win.

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I have been teaching this subject for twenty years, and worrying about it as an American citizen for at least forty! Writing this book finally gave me the opportunity to deeply examine and resolve some basic historical conundrums, at least to my own satisfaction. For example: why, when Americans have such idealistic hopes for the world, does our foreign policy often seem so tarnished? Which is the illusion: our ideals, or the perception that we have failed? Also, why did a people so skeptical of "big government" accept the responsibility of providing security for almost the entire world? Is it possible that "umpiring" is in America's cultural and constitutional DNA? Would the Founders be surprised by what we see today?

I hope readers will join me in thinking about these big issues...and find that it can be done without contracting a migraine. Like any form of story-telling, history can be informative and enlightening, but it should also be fun.

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Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman holds the Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University and is a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

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