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Lengthened Shadows: America and Its Institutions in the Twenty-First Century

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In a series of penetrating reflections on the United States and its institutions in the post-9/11 world, this book offers some answers to questions that people at home and abroad have begun to ask about our country. How did it attain its international preeminence? What exactly is this richest, most powerful of countries made of? Where will its unmatched influence lead? Military historian Frederick Kagan discusses the future of our armed forces and the challenges they will face in defending America's unique ...
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Overview


In a series of penetrating reflections on the United States and its institutions in the post-9/11 world, this book offers some answers to questions that people at home and abroad have begun to ask about our country. How did it attain its international preeminence? What exactly is this richest, most powerful of countries made of? Where will its unmatched influence lead? Military historian Frederick Kagan discusses the future of our armed forces and the challenges they will face in defending America's unique position. David B. Hart shows how religion, with all its variety and occasional excess, is "alive and striving in America, with the power to shelter many virtues under its promises of supernatural grace." From the future of the law to the future of higher education, from music to the visual arts, Lengthened Shadows provides a unique situation report on American culture today. Writers and thinkers such as Robert Bork, Hilton Kramer, Roger Kimball and Mark Steyn offer a probing assessment of the institutions that organize our lives--their health, their influence and their prospects--at the beginning of what some commentators are calling "the next American century."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594030543
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lengthened Shadows ix
The Burdens of Empire 3
Modernism & Its Institutions 25
The Art of War 43
"All Sail, No Anchor": Architecture After Modernism 67
Tending the Gardens of Music 93
Expensive Illiterates: Victimhood & Education 119
Religion in America: Ancient & Modern 143
Of Lapdogs & Loners: American Poetry Today 169
Olympians on the March: the Courts & the Culture Wars 195
Institutionalizing Our Demise: America vs. Multiculturalism 225
Contributors 251
Acknowledgments 253
Index 255
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