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Charles A. KupchanAmerican history informs Mr. Schlesinger's indictment of the Bush administration, but it also instills his confidence in democracy's "capacity for self-correction." Mr. Schlesinger predicts that the reckless adventurism will not last, noting that "Americans are simply not competent imperialists, as demonstrated in Iraq in 2004." The country's "own humane, pluralistic and tolerant ideals" will ultimately undermine its imperial aspirations. In three concluding essays, Mr. Schlesinger dwells on the need to reinvigorate these ideals, again drawing on the lessons of history to caution against complacency and stress the importance of renewing America's democratic institutions and spirit.
— The New York Times