The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World

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What values does America truly stand for? In The Idea That Is America, a preeminent foreign policy scholar elegantly reminds us of the essential principles on which our nation was established: liberty, democracy, equality, tolerance, faith, justice, and humility. Our ongoing struggle to live up to America’s great promise matters not only to us, but also to the billions of people everywhere who look to the United States to lead, protect, and inspire the world. In The Idea That Is America, Anne-Marie Slaughter ...

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Overview

What values does America truly stand for? In The Idea That Is America, a preeminent foreign policy scholar elegantly reminds us of the essential principles on which our nation was established: liberty, democracy, equality, tolerance, faith, justice, and humility. Our ongoing struggle to live up to America’s great promise matters not only to us, but also to the billions of people everywhere who look to the United States to lead, protect, and inspire the world. In The Idea That Is America, Anne-Marie Slaughter shows us the way forward.

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Samantha Power
If an American renaissance is to happen, Anne-Marie Slaughter shows, it will be because US leaders and citizens return to the bedrock ideals that fueled the American dream. In this forceful and necessary book, Slaughter elegantly mines pivotal moments in US history for contemporary insight, and she shows that leaders who take heed of law and justice, and who proceed with humility, can leave behind a more peaceful and just America, and a more stable world. (Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide)
Niall Ferguson
Passionately argued, yet plainly written, The Idea that is America is part credo, part manifesto—a wholehearted return to first principles by one of America's most talented and distinguished legal minds. Anne-Marie Slaughter's analysis of the U.S. constitution and its legacy encapsulates the liberal interpretation of American history, while her recommendations point the way to a paradigm shift in American foreign policy. (Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University and author of The War of the World and Colossus)
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Slaughter's book focuses on an important theme and one close to my heart: the relationship between power and principle. Her arguments, stated with passionate conviction and intellectual clarity, appeal both to my heart and to my reason.
Fareed Zakaria
Anne-Marie Slaughter has written a book that will educate and inspire all Americans. At a time when many claim that we cannot afford the luxury of our liberties, she explains why America's values remain vital, how they can be preserved and strengthened, and what it means to live by these ideals. This book should be required reading for every citizen. (Fareed Zakaria, author of The Future of Freedom and editor, Newsweek International)
Madeleine K. Albright
The Idea That is America is a brilliant book, deeply moving, exquisitely timed, authored by one of our country's leading scholars.
George P. Shultz
Read this book and be challenged to think about, to aspire to, and to work for American values.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465078097
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/26/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,028,535
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and Bert G. Kerstetter Professor of Politics and International Affairs. Former President of the American Society of International Law, she is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the recipient of the 2007 Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in the field of law. Dean Slaughter lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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