Magisterial account of the ideas and the figures who have forged the American Empire.
Since the birth of the nation, impulses of empire have been close to the heart of the United States. How these urges interact with the way the country understands itself, and the nature of the divergent interests at work in the unfolding of American foreign policy, is a subject much debated and still obscure. In a fresh look at the topic, Anderson charts the intertwined historical development of America’s imperial reach and its role as the general guarantor of capital.
Perry Anderson, a founder and former editor of the New Left Review, teaches history at UCLA and is the author of numerous books, including "Lineages of the Absolutist State," "Passages From Antiquity to Feudalism" and, most recently, "The New Old World."