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Daydream Believers How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power (Paperback)

Author:  Fred Kaplan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0470422815
ISBN-13: 9780470422816
Sku: 208444648
Publish Date: 12/1/2008
Pages:  256
Age Range:  NA
 
America''s power is in decline, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past few years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Celebrated Slate columnist Fred Kaplan explains the grave misconceptions that enabled George W. Bush and his aides to get so far off track, and traces the genesis and evolution of these ideas from the era of Nixon through Reagan to the present day.
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America's power is in decline, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past few years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Celebrated Slate columnist Fred Kaplan explains the grave misconceptions that enabled George W. Bush and his aides to get so far off track, and traces the genesis and evolution of these ideas from the era of Nixon through Reagan to the present day.
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Fred Kaplan analyzes the psychological mindset that led George W. Bush and his cadre of neoconservatives and nationalists into the bloody, prolonged nightmare of the war in Iraq. The title is drawn from a line by Lawrence of Arabia: "Those who dream by night . . . wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." Kaplan's primary thesis is that Bush and his advisors had a deluded belief in the power of democracy--with the support of U.S. military might--to spread across the world bringing peace and prosperity. With detailed and convincing arguments, Kaplan shows how the unshakeable fantasies of these men collided with the harsh realities of the modern geopolitical world--with disastrous results.

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"Of the growing library of books on what has gone wrong since George W. Bush came to power, one of the more insightful is Fred Kaplan's new DAYDREAM BELIEVERS...." - H.D.S. Greenway 02/26/2008

What sets Mr. Kaplan's DAYDREAM BELIEVERS apart is his emphasis on the Bush administration's failure to come to terms with a post-cold-war paradigm, which, he argues, left America's power diminished, rather than enhanced, as former allies, liberated from the specter of the Soviet Union, felt increasingly free to depart from Washington's directives. Also illuminating is his close analysis of the impact that the White House's idées fixes had, not just on the Iraq war but also on other foreign policy problems like North Korea, and his detailed examination of the formative role that the former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky played in shaping President Bush's determination to try to export democracy around the world." - Michiko Kakutani 03/18/2008

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Product attributePublisher:   John Wiley & Sons
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