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New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy

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Since World War II, Americans have been the world's true revolutionaries, expanding the frontiers of human liberty by fighting and winning the cold war. But now that we're fighting the much more complicated war on terror, many observers wonder if our glory days are behind us.

Ralph Peters, a controversial strategist and respected expert on military and intelligence issues, argues that the United States is actually poised for even greater success in the twenty-first century--if ...

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Overview

Since World War II, Americans have been the world's true revolutionaries, expanding the frontiers of human liberty by fighting and winning the cold war. But now that we're fighting the much more complicated war on terror, many observers wonder if our glory days are behind us.

Ralph Peters, a controversial strategist and respected expert on military and intelligence issues, argues that the United States is actually poised for even greater success in the twenty-first century--if our leaders make the right decisions about the opportunities and dangers we face today. In New Glory, he offers a strategic tour of the globe's hot spots and how we should respond to the challenges they pose.

Peters criticizes the Bush administration for over-relying on high technology and defense contractors in the Iraq war and for not committing enough troops and being too afraid of casualties to do the job properly. He also offers a sharp analysis of what's wrong with our intelligence system and why the changes proposed by the 9/11 Commission aren't enough.

He then takes readers far beyond Iraq and the Middle East on a lively tour of other regions--including Latin America, Africa, and deeply troubled Europe—that rarely get serious attention in the media.

Drawing on his twenty-five years of experience in more than sixty countries, Peters shatters the dogmas of both left and right in this manifesto for a much more assertive and visionary U.S. foreign policy.

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David Ignatius
"A former Army intelligence officer and author of previous blood-and-guts military books, Peters has dedicated his latest one "To our troops." And New Glory captures what a lot of the old soldiers think. It's a triumphalist, tub-thumping book, dressing up the old certainties about American primacy for the 21st century."
—The Washington Post
Michael Potemra
"Real thinking-outside-the-box...iconoclastic...astute and historically informed...inspiring but also highly realistic."
National Review, Sept. 26, 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595230119
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/18/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who served in infantry and intelligence units before becoming a Foreign Area Officer and a global strategic scout for the Pentagon. He has published three books on strategy and military affairs, as well as hundreds of columns for the New York Post, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and other publications

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Table of Contents

Introduction : a brief world tour 1
1 Many revolutions 14
2 Bloodless wars, the failed revolution 30
3 The media as a combatant 48
4 The enemy within 65
5 The wars we will fight 76
6 Bureaucracy versus intelligence 99
7 The Devil's diplomats 117
8 Democracy and demons 133
9 Atlantis, the ideological superpower 144
10 The blood cult to terror 155
11 Digital demons 167
12 The cancer of corruption 174
13 The longest war 183
14 How the East was won 195
15 The frozen civilization of the desert 206
16 Why Iraq matters 218
17 The goddess of the Southern Seas 227
18 Not-so-dark continents 239
19 Many Europes 252
20 Expanding America's global supremacy 266
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    Should Have Stopped Sooner

    Having first read another of Mr. Peters' books, 'Never Quit The Fight', I was prepared to be intellectually moved once again by some great writing. For the most part, I was not disappointed as most of this book kept my interest level at a very high mark. However, after reading, and accepting, most of the ideas laid out in the various chapters, I reached the last chapter and was disappointed to read the same tired mantra regarding America's relationship with Mexico, in particular, those 'poor' Mexican citizens who '...risk their lives...' to enter this country ILLEGALLY! So, to anyone interested in reading this book, I would recommend stopping before you get to the last chapter. The author would have had me giving him an attaboy for this book, that is until I reached the final chapter. Unfortunately, we all know how lasting final impressions are which is a shame considering how interesting the rest of the book had been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Another Masterpiece!

    Ralph Peters has once again written an excellent book that provides provocative food for thought. You can never accuse the author of writing in an uninteresting or dreary style. Peters takes the reader on a world tour, advises what is wrong in each region and recommends what American policy should be. He also examines various military and foreign policy issues and provides intelligent commentary. Along the way he rightfully slams Rumsfield & Company, the defense industry, the French, the Germans, the media, leftists, civilian think tanks and everyone else who deserves to be slammed. The only point in the book I disagree with is that only those in uniform can understand war. It is apparent to me that there are some military officers that just don¿t ¿get it¿. I have more confidence in the understanding of war by a civilian such as Bill Lind than I do of an Air Force officer involved in promoting irrelevant and wasteful programs such as the F-22. The only major thing wrong with this book is that the information and ideas contained in it have been furnished by a retired lt. colonel instead of a senior member of the Bush Administration. If only one containing such wisdom was in a position of power!

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