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Macmillan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) Fall 2018

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The Hell of Good Intentions
America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy
By (author): Stephen M. Walt
9780374280031 Hardcover English POLITICAL SCIENCE / General Oct 16, 2018 Print Run: 35000
$36.50 CAD
Active 6.47 x 9.39 x 1.25 in | 620 gr 352 pages Farrar Straus & Giroux
In 1992, the United States stood at the pinnacle of world power and Americans were confident that a new era of peace and prosperity was at hand. Twenty-five years later, those hopes have been dashed. Relations with Russia and China have deteriorated, the European Union is wobbling, and violent extremism is spreading. The reason for these recurring failures, Stephen M. Walt argues in The Hell of Good Intentions, is the combination of America's still-unmatched power and the foreign policy establishment's stubborn consensus around a strategy of "liberal hegemony." Because the United States is so powerful and secure, it can pursue ambitious foreign policy goals even when they are unnecessary and doomed to fail. Walt exposes the inner workings of the foreign policy elite across the Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations and shows how they have been able to avoid accountability, keep discredited ideas and policies in vogue, and maintain influence despite past blunders. Confronting the failures of three different presidents, Walt makes the case for a fresh approach. As the next president grapples with the consequences of America's recent misadventures, The Hell of Good Intentions offers both a compelling diagnosis of our current malaise and a prescription for enduring success.

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. He is the author of The Origins of Alliances ; Revolution and War ; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy ; and, with John J. Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He writes frequently for Foreign Policy .

Praise for Taming American Power "A brilliant contribution to the American foreign policy debate." -Anatol Lieven, The New York Times Book Review "A pathbreaking book for both the informed public and policy makers, for whom it should be required reading." -Samuel P. Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilizations

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