The Decline of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World by Immanuel Wallerstein

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@STANFORD.EDU)
Date: Sat Jul 12 2003 - 04:59:43 EDT

As Cyrus has been developing complementary views, it would doubtless be
illuminating to put Cyrus and Wallerstein in dialogue.
yours, rb

The Decline of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World
by Immanuel Wallerstein

     * Hardcover: 160 pages
     * Publisher: New Press; (July 2003)
* ISBN: 1565848314

Fernand Braudel
It is compelling, a new explanation, a new classification, indeed a
revolutionary one, of received knowledge and current thought.

Book Description
The internationally renowned theorist contends that the sun is
setting on the American Empire.

Today, the United States is a superpower that lacks true power, a
world leader nobody follows and few respect, and a nation drifting
dangerously amidst a global chaos it cannot control.-From The Decline
of American Power

The United States in decline? Its admirers and detractors alike claim
the opposite: that America is now in a position of unprecedented
global supremacy. But in fact, Immanuel Wallerstein argues, a more
nuanced evaluation of recent history reveals that America has been
fading as a global power since the end of the Vietnam War, and its
response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 looks certain to
hasten that decline. In this provocative collection, the visionary
originator of world-systems analysis and the most innovative social
scientist of his generation turns a practiced analytical eye to the
turbulent beginnings of the 21st century. Touching on globalization,
Islam, racism, democracy, intellectuals, and the state of the Left,
Wallerstein upends conventional wisdom to produce a clear-eyed-and
troubling-assessment of the crumbling international order.

About the Author
Immanuel Wallerstein directs the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton
University and teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science
Sociales in Paris. His many books include After Liberalism;
Utopistics; The Modern World-System; and Historical Capitalism.

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