Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power

Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power

Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power

Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power

Synopsis

Widely acclaimed and hotly contested, veteran journalist Alterman's ambitious investigation into the true nature of the U.S. news media touched a nerve and sparked debate across the country. Eye-opening, witty, and thoroughly and solidly researched, "What Liberal Media?" is required reading for media watchers.

Excerpt

In our planet's geology, the great tectonic plates shift slowly until a tension builds that we experience as an earthquake. World politics is sometimes similar. For the last forty years, world order rested on the seemingly stable bipolar structure of power that followed World War II. However, economic, social, and political strains were building beneath the surface. The first earthquakes were felt with the Eastern European revolutions of 1989. And it is unlikely that all the tremors are over. The "second Russian Revolution" is still in its early stages. Foretelling its shape a decade from now is as difficult as it would have been in 1789 to imagine the future of France.

Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 was another major tremor. Ironically, Saddam correctly appraised the waning power of his Soviet ally, and in a February 1990 speech in Amman, Jordan; he described the United States as the country that "will maintain its superiority as a superpower without an equal to compete with it." Yet he drew the conclu-

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