"James Holmes gives us the first detailed historical analysis of the origins and meaning of Theodore Roosevelt's notion of the United States exercising 'an international police power.' He then assesses in a clear, balanced way the applicability of this concept to our present world situation, in which the 'chronic wrongdoing' or 'impotence' of failing states may seem to invite humanitarian intervention. Roosevelt's 'responsibility to protect' doctrine has its origins, Holmes fascinatingly shows, in American domestic law and early administrative experience."
"A rather timely look at the ideas of one of the principle founders of modern internationalism . . . This well-documented work (be sure to read the notes, as they are often quite valuable) reviews T.R.'s intellectual roots and his basic ideas about international relations, national power, foreign policy, and international law, using a series of case studies. . . ."
"Holmes makes a convincing argument that the history of American interventionism can be instructive both in terms of understanding and explaining its contemporary incidence as well as illuminating the current and prospective strategies for preemption and state-building."