America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism by Anatol Lieven

By Anatol Lieven

During this debatable critique of yankee political tradition and its old roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. overseas coverage on the grounds that 11th of September has been formed via the designated personality of our nationalism. inside of that nationalism, Lieven analyses very various traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism according to the democratic values of what has been referred to as the "American Creed." those values are held to be common, and an individual can develop into an American by means of adopting them. the opposite culture, the "American antithesis" is a populist and infrequently chauvinist nationalism, which has a tendency to determine the United States as a closed nationwide tradition and civilization threatened by way of a adversarial and barbarous outdoor world.

With the United States wrong or right, Lieven examines how those antithetical impulses have performed out in U.S. responses to the terrorist assaults of 11th of September, and within the nature of U.S. help for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a focus at the American political soul and at the curious mix of chauvinism and idealism that has pushed the Bush administration.


"A attention-grabbing and incisive research of yankee nationalism."--London evaluate of Books

"Lieven is relentlessly candid, and has produced a remarkably thought-provoking book.... Tightly written and generally researched.... A important and likewise a troubling e-book on an issue that's either an important and in lots of methods super sensitive."--Brian Urquhart, manhattan evaluation of Books

"Cogently very important contribution to the discourse on nationwide identification, the warfare on terror and the character of political liberalism."--Publishers Weekly

"America wrong or right exhibits a major highbrow expertise and ambition stretching its wings. specifically, Lieven takes on many of the massive questions on American identification, ideology and exceptionalism in ways in which yield remarkable and provocative results.... At its admirable top the US wrong or right asks vital questions and makes readers evaluate a few of their very own such a lot loved convictions."--Walter Russell Mead, Washington submit e-book World

"This struggling with publication digs underneath the trauma of Sept. 11 to discover the cultural assets of renowned help for a blindly competitive and self-defeating overseas coverage. unbelievable and inspiring."--Stephen Holmes, Professor of Politics and legislations, long island collage tuition of Law

"Anatol Lieven is one in all today's such a lot insightful observers of U.S. international coverage. during this unparalleled e-book he presents an research of the virtues and the hazards of yankee nationalism that's as provocative because it is perceptive." --Michael Lind, writer of the subsequent American Nation

"A looking out exam of the deep-seated resources of yankee habit, Anatol Lieven's the United States wrong or right takes on what others evade--the issues that, even if for strong or sick, make us who we're and supply the engine of U. S. international coverage. In smelly, muscular prose, Lieven makes a robust case that the neoconservatives have got some distance an excessive amount of credits for the process American coverage due to the fact Sep 11. His bankruptcy at the jointly harmful process U.S.-Israel family members is not just brave yet powerfully illuminating."--Andrew J. Bacevich, writer of the imminent the recent American Militarism

"The writer demonstrates that U.S. coverage in Afghanistan through the Nineteen Eighties was once a failed try and counter Soviet impact and to atone for the loss in Vietnam skillfully unravels the origins of yank nationalism and illuminates its failings and virtues."--Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine

"Anatol Lieven is without doubt one of the so much concept frightening and insightful writers in Washington. This booklet is particularly a lot within the related tradition."--Senator Dick Clark, Director of The Congressional software, The Aspen Institute

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