By Jim Hanson
Touted by George Washington as the "infant empire," the United States has expanded greatly in terms of territory and influence during the past two centuries. In the mid-twentieth century, it achieved a true world empire of unprecedented power and influence, affecting virtually every nation through its political alignments, military alliances, and economic relationships. James Hanson argues here, however, that as it approaches the twenty-first century, the empire of the United States is beginning to crumble, exhibiting many of the traits of the declining empires of history. His book is a clarion call to re-examine U.S. political, military, and economic goals and to rechannel these "imperial" strivings to the tasks of solving the world-wide problems of war, environmental deterioration, and over-population.