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From the Publisher"Foreign policy debates are settled in two ways: in the tangible world by apparent success and failure, and in the mind by philosophical discourse. This important book gets at the philosophical underpinnings of an otherwise banal foreign policy debate, and in so doing, it bears the essentials of what we're really arguing about."
— Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
"Bob Merry goes for the gut issue in Sands of Empire — what kind of America is fighting today's war against Islamic terrorism, and does this war have a coherent intellectual and cultural foundation? People will agree or disagree with Merry's conclusions, but he's asking the right questions."
— David Ignatius, associate editor and columnist, The Washington Post
"Bob Merry has laid bare the bankruptcy of the historical and philosophical neoconservative argument that so powerfully drives our current national strategy. Anyone interested in the integrity and likely success of our foreign policy should read — no, study — his critique."
— General Montgomery C. Meigs (ret.), Lewis A. Bantle Chair at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and NBC military analyst
"In Sands of Empire, Bob Merry, a great political reporter, has written a provocative and truly thoughtful book. Merry subjects to rigorous criticism the assumptions of both Democrats and Republicans that since the end of the Cold War have forged U.S. foreign policy. Bob Merry and Sands of Empire will make many of the most powerful Washington policymakers furious, will make every reader think anew, and will help ignite a needed national debate about the vital interests of the United States."
— Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and political analyst on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
"Robert Merry writes with clarity and common sense, a deep sense of history, and a sure feel for the complexities and foibles of human nature. His book is a timely and disturbing warning against American hubris."
— Evan Thomas, assistant managing editor of Newsweek and author of John Paul Jones