Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: The United States: The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: The United States: The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

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Recent Books: The United States: The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest BY WALTER A. MCDOUGALL. Yale University Press, 2016, 424 pp.

McDougall advanced an important national conversation in 1997 with his book Promised Land, Crusader State, which illuminated the history of U.S. foreign policy by placing it in the context of the broader evolution of intellectual and political traditions. In 2006, the historian Robert Kagan followed McDougall's lead with an influential book titled Dangerous Nation, which interpreted U.S. foreign policy as oscillating between two schools of thought: an "expansionist" school that included presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt and that had its roots in classic American thought and a "realist" school that sought to limit the United States' role in the world and had its origins among southern slaveholders and segregationists. …

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