The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

by Walter A. McDougall

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ISBN-13: 9780300211450
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 1,256,286
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Walter A. McDougall is professor of history and the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. His numerous books include the 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner The Heavens and the Earth. He lives in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 9/11 in Parallax Vision 1

1 Why the Bush Blunders? 7

2 Why the Imperial Overstretch? 17

3 Why the American Heresies? 25

Washington's World: The Civil Church Expectant 33

4 A Divine-Right Republic in the Family of Nations 39

5 Washington's Farewell Address 46

6 Thomas Jefferson and the Utopian Temptation 53

7 John Quincy Adams and the Problem of Neighborhood 60

8 Manifest Destiny 71

9 European Revolutions and American Civil War 80

10 The Gilded Age: Last Years of Orthodoxy 90

Wilson's World: The Civil Church Militant 101

11 ¡Cuba Libre! 107

12 The Progressive Social Gospel 117

13 Benevolent Assimilation 125

14 Twentieth-Century Trends 130

15 Wilson's War 141

16 Wilson's Peace 154

Roosevelt's World: The Civil Church Agonistes 167

17 Modern Explosions 173

18 The Progressive Republican Denouement 182

19 Roosevelt the Isolationist 191

20 Roosevelt the Interventionist 200

21 World War II: The Great Masquerade 212

22 Roosevelt the Failed High Priest 224

Kennedy's World: The Civil Church Triumphant 237

23 The Cradles of Cold War Theology 245

24 High Priestly Prayers 259

25 Impossible Dreams 274

26 Age of Aquarius 291

27 A Purgatory in Time 305

28 The Power of Words 321

Obama's World? The global Civil Religion Aborts 339

Bibliographical Essay 359

Acknowledgments 381

Index 383

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