Book cover of The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower by Michael Mandelbaum
International & World Politics

The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower

A new and unique framework for understanding the history of the foreign policy of the United States.

The United States is now nearly 250 years old. It arose from humble beginnings, as a strip of mostly agrarian and sparsely populated English colonies on the northeastern edge of the New World, far removed from the centers of power in Europe. Today, it is the world’s most powerful country, with its largest economy and most powerful military. How did America achieve this status? […Learn More]

Book cover of The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure by Yascha Mounk
International & World Politics

The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure 

From one of our sharpest and most important political thinkers, a brilliant big-picture vision of the greatest challenge of our time—how to bridge the bitter divides within diverse democracies enough for them to remain stable and functional

Some democracies are highly homogeneous. Others have long maintained a brutal racial or religious hierarchy, with some groups dominating and exploiting others. Never in history has a democracy succeeded in being both diverse and equal, treating members of many different ethnic or religious groups fairly. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict by Elbridge A. Colby
International & World Politics

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the most significant revision of U.S. defense strategy in a generation. Here he lays out how America’s defense must change to address China’s growing power and ambition. Based firmly in the realist tradition but deeply engaged in current policy, this book offers a clear framework for what America’s goals in confronting China must be, how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests. […Learn More]

History

Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World

The first book to tell the full story of American isolationism, from the founding era through the Trump presidency.

In his Farewell Address of 1796, President George Washington admonished the young nation “to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Isolationism thereafter became one of the most influential political trends in American history. […Learn More]

Business & Money

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global energy expert, Daniel Yergin offers a revelatory new account of how energy revolutions, climate battles, and geopolitics are mapping our future

The world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis. The “shale revolution” in oil and gas–made possible by fracking technology, but not without controversy–has transformed the American economy, ending the “era of shortage”, but introducing a turbulent new era. […Learn More]

History

Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances

Is America’s alliance system so quietly effective that politicians and voters fail to appreciate its importance in delivering the security they take for granted?

For the first century and a half of its existence, the United States had just one alliance―a valuable but highly controversial military arrangement with France. Largely out of deference to George Washington’s warnings against the dangers of “entangling alliances,” subsequent American presidents did not consider entering another until the Second World War. […Learn More]