Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism ( New York: Metropolitan Books, ), pp., $ Andrew Bacevich’s latest . The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. By Andrew J. Bacevich. Metropolitan Books, pp. $ Purchase. In post-Cold War . “Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.”—Bill Moyers An immediat.

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In his conclusion, Bacevich helps us realize that no matter who we elect as President the illusions and conditions we have created will continue. His patriotism is not in doubt here.

Bacevich believes that constructive strategy in foreign policy must recognize that the U. Let me leave you with two examples of this book cutting through the BS I found almost all of Bacevich’s observations applicable to our current political and social structure. Jan 09, Ericka Clouther rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reagan and powwr presidents rejected Carter’s warning and in fact told Americans they should spend more to get the economy going.

I can’t get enough of this man’s writing. Feb 15, Booketeer rated it it was ok. This book is a concise condemnation of the move to empire by the United States.

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The main point of the limots is that the US as a nation has been consuming more than we can a Excellent read if you are interested in US politics as it relates to the US’ place in the world.

Observating the religi The Limits of Power is a fascinating deconstruction of the ideology that drives US political and military institutions.

Or will we be able to disengage ourselves from and dismantle the American empire in a sensible, reasonable way that will do the least damage to the world and the least damage to ourselves? I see mutual interdependence as a good thing and don’t understand how Bacevich’s “economic nationalism” my term; limts, again, I’m guessing as best I can can possibly encourage peace.

The stunning conclusion is America’s war on terror is disproportionately falling on a small segment of th Retiring a Colonel after 23 years pwer the Army, Andrew Bacevich is well acquainted with the political nature of projecting American military power abroad.


I’ve finished the book. He also lost his son in Iraq last year. The “conditional” 5 stars are now UNconditional. He faults Congress for willingly ceding authority to the Executive Powet, especially when it comes to National Security.

This book articulates America’s nauseating narcissism among our leadership class. He offers up the idea that some believe that military power counters uncertainty and how this unchecked military growth can potentially harm what goals we are trying to reach with our foreign bacevivh.

Yet to judge by the performance of presidents over the past half-century, including both Kennedy and Reagan, whose legacies are far more mixed than their supporters will acknowledge, a citizenry that looks to the White House for deliverance is assured of disappointment.

Anyone who wants to understand How we, the U. Although, I don’t recommend this book for anyone looking for directions on what to do, which is really my only criticism of the the bacevih text. Reprinted with limuts permission from Henry Holt. The enemy of humility is sanctimony, which gives rise to the conviction that American values and beliefs are universal, and that the nation itself serves providentially assigned purposes.

Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U. While the armed forces are capable, most campaigns fail to achieve their objectives. Yesterday’s civic obligations have become anddrew civic options.

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He also effectively skewers the idea that it is a sacred mission of the U. He also shows how the need for both power and abundance has undermined people’s a Written by a true conservative, ex-military officer and current Boston University professor, this book concisely explains how the actions of citizens, government and the military over the last 45 years have lijits the U.

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On the other hand, he says out front that he is a conservative and revives an older tradition of conservatism that opposes growing government power and entangling overseas adventures, so the right can be comfortable with him as well.


Humility imposes an obligation of a different sort; it summons Americans to see themselves without blinders. Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: The End of American Exceptionalism. The empire is stretching to a point where more and more people are waking up to the reality this sort of behavior and ideology cannot go on tue longer without collapsing.

He discusses the enduring nature of bbacevich and its cruel realities, that confound not only those who we choose to govern us but also the Generals who are charged with war operations. He holds a Ph. He joins me here in the firehouse studio. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival pimits a distinctly American pwoer They are of our own making.

Carter spoke of self-restraint, using less resources remember he would have been speaking about the energy crisis and being more responsible. Bacevich is probably too humble to admit this but his work really does project him into Niebuhr’s echelon of soberminded American prophets. Where does the money come from? He blames their advisors like Albright, Rumsfeld, and Powell. He starts his book with a quote from the bible the Book of Second Kings, chapter 20, verse 1: Oct 17, Rick Krekel rated it it was amazing Recommended to Rick by: Some of the evil is right here.

Yet even as they celebrate freedom, Americans exempt the object of their veneration from critical examination. Over the past half century the American economy has shifted from being a producer with a surplus to being a deficit-ridden consumer, dependent on others. History will not judge kindly a people who find nothing amiss in the prospect of endless armed conflict so long as they themselves are spared the effects.