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"Imperial Designs describes how the ideology of American global preeminence originated during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, developed in the 1990s, gained power with the election of George W. Bush, and reshaped American foreign policy after September 11, 2001." A story of the founders - both inside and outside of the administration - of Bush's hawkish foreign policy, Imperial Designs traces the neoconservatives from their split with the American Left to their push for pre-emptive war with Iraq.
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"...a prolific author whose writings include two volumes in an acclaimed series on American liberal Christianity and a decade-old book on neoeonservative ideology, thoroughly rehearses the movement of the ideas and people operating the U.S. foreign policy machinery. In an astonishingly comprehensive discussion of the neoconservatives' rise to power, Dorrien identifies the major players who devised the grand strategy of unipolarism, which calls for America to assert itself as the preeminent global power in the post-Cold War world..." - The Christian Century
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415949804
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Dorrien is the Parfet Distinguished Professor at Kalamazoo College. An Episcopal priest, he is the author of eleven books and over one hundred articles that range across the fields of theology, philosophy, social theory, politics, ethics, and history. His recent two volumes, The Making of American Liberal Theology, have been lauded by numerous reviewers as the definitive study of American theological liberalism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : neocons in power 1
1 "Trotsky's orphans" : a brief history of neoconservatism 7
2 "The bully on the block" : Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, and American superpowerdom 27
3 "An empire, if you will keep it" : Charles Krauthammer, Joshua Muravchik, and the unipolarist imperative 75
4 "Benevolent global hegemony" : William Kristol, Robert Kagan, and the project for the new American century 125
5 "The road to Jerusalem runs through Baghdad" : the Iraq war, hardline Zionism, and American conservatism 181
6 Conclusion : an empire in denial 223
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