Andrew J. Bacevich thinks our political system is busted. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that the. An immediate New York Times bestseller, The Limits of Power offers an unparalleled examination of the profound triple crisis facing America. Bacevich – The Limits of Power () – Synopsis – Free download as Word Doc ( .doc), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free.

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The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich

Overall an excellent book which should be read by every American. The average American citizen also does not escape blame. Bacevich is probably too humble to admit this but his work really does project him into Niebuhr’s echelon of soberminded Opwer prophets. This is a measured, well-reasoned and cogently argued statement of how we, as a nation, limitz eating ourselves alive, ironically destroying our democratic and economic institutions and strength, with our delusions of “destiny” and empire and the projections of military and political force to maintain these self-destructive notions.

We want to bend the will of the world, or even of a region, and very often we just make things worse. This book will make you reconsider what it is to be a patriot and stand up for freedom we cherish. The federal government did not shrink. Far more accurately than Jimmy Carter, Reagan understood what made Americans tick: America’s want too much oil. I can’t get enough of this man’s writing.


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Ronald Reagan defeated the restraint minded Jimmy Carter in a landslide. The sad fact llmits that o Just read in the LA Times today that the US spends more on defense that the next ten countries combined. He could have left that part out. This book is far more academic though written in clear, accessible language than political. At the base of it is the idea that un This book is a concise condemnation of the move to empire by the United States.

Although always careful to embroider his speeches with inspirational homilies and testimonials to old-fashioned virtues, Reagan mainly indulged American self-indulgence. Realism in this sense implies an obligation to see the world as it is, not as we might like it to be. The chief remaining function of Congress is to ensure the re-election of its members, best achieved by shameless gerrymandering, doling out prodigious amounts of political pork, and seeing to the protection of certain vested interests.

Here, he writes a compact, yet detailed, explanation of American’s real problems, not powsr stupid ones powerr to you nightly on the news, like gay marriage or stem cell research, instead, he lays the facts on the table summable in the following statement: For the majority of contemporary Americans, the essence of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness centers on a relentless personal quest to acquire, to consume, to indulge, and to shed whatever constraints might interfere with those endeavors.


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As he puts it at the end of the Chapter: Our recent involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan shows the fruits of this approach. I found Bacevich’s arguments well documented, insightful, and eloquent. Throughout its history US politicians have held that the US is exceptional. Both an academic historian and a professional soldier, he is exceptionally qualified to undertake such a critique. Bacevich closes by pointing out limitx “Clinging doggedly to the conviction that the rules to which other nations must submit don’t apply, Americans appear determined to affirm Niebuhr’s axiom of willful self-destruction”.

It is thought provoking, providing a lot of fodder oc enable us to critique the country in which we live. This attitude is what Bacevich calls American Exceptionalism. He looks with nostalgia on the “cadre of distinguished citizens rotated to Washington more often than not from Wall Street to occupy senior positions in the Roosevelt administration” p.

I have no idea what drives Bacevich’s world view.

As a Christian I was intrigued that Bacevich quoted Reinhold Niebuhr throughout, clearly Niebuhr’s thought is central to Bacevich’s diagnosis. I tend to agree with him.