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From the Publisher"Compact but still reasonably detailed as well as illuminating. . . . Traces the broad lines of the national experience placing them with knowledge and balance within the context of global transformations."
— Richerche Distoria Politica
"Displays an impressive command of the historical literature, an ability to tackle important contemporary questions, and a capacity to make connections about disparate problems in American history. . . . Hunt's informed review of how the U.S. reached its present dilemma will provide a much-needed historical perspective. Policy makers would do well to ponder this sobering record of how a national search for ascendancy can produce as many intractable problems as it solves."
— Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Provides crucial insights into the nation's controversial role in the world today and prospects for the durability of U.S. power."
— Carolina Arts & Sciences
"Hunt is a serious scholar, and there is much to learn from and about his explanation of America's ascendancy. . . . [A] sound study."
"A masterly overview of America's rise to its current status. . . . Given this outstanding book's breadth—both its temporal scope and the issues covered—a brief review cannot do it justice."
— The Journal of American History
"A provocative book. . . . An impressively argued interpretation."
— The International History Review
"Broadly conceived, beautifully organized, lucidly written, and richly documented. . . . Essential."
Michael Hunt does not disappoint.
—Marilyn Young, New York University
[An] engaging history of the United States' rise to global dominance.
With a fascinating subject and a lively writing style, he offers an important contribution to the current debate about the United States' position in the world.
—Piero Gleijeses, Johns Hopkins University