Long known as 'the world's only private citizen with a foreign policy' George Soros combines his razor-sharp sense of economic trends with his passionate advocacy for open societies and decency in world politics to come up with a workable, and severely critical, analysis of the Bush administration's overreaching, militaristic foreign policy. Soros ...
Long known as 'the world's only private citizen with a foreign policy' George Soros combines his razor-sharp sense of economic trends with his passionate advocacy for open societies and decency in world politics to come up with a workable, and severely critical, analysis of the Bush administration's overreaching, militaristic foreign policy. Soros believes that the Bush administration's plans abroad come from the same sort of 'bubble' psychology that afflicted US markets in the late 90s. They have used a real fact, American's overwhelming military supremacy, to create a deluded worldview that might makes right and that 'you're either with us or against us', in the same way that the recent boom used a real fact, the growth in technology, to lead to a delusion, the 'new economy'. Like the best of the books that have responded quickly to world events, "The Bubble of American Supremacy" has a clear, intriguing, comprehensive thesis that makes necessary and compelling order of our seemingly disordered world.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-01-05 Soros has made it his "primary objective to persuade the American public to reject President Bush in the forthcoming elections." This aspiration is immediately clear from the outset of his new book. The founder of Soros Fund Management (and author of The Crisis of Global Capitalism, etc.) gives sweeping critiques of the current administration and shows how its post-9/11 policy has pointed the country in a direction that he believes will lead to ruin. The book's major shortcoming is that it fails to add anything particularly new to this project, and is not always convincing. It's not clear, for instance, why a pact of signatories to the Warsaw Declaration for the development of democracy would be more effective than the U.N. in getting nations to put the common good above national interest. To his credit, Soros accurately presents the important dimensions of the "Bush Doctrine" foreign policy and its vision of America's role in the world. He is able to incorporate his expertise in areas of international finance and to give some interesting and unique insights, such as seeing American supremacy as the boom part of a boom-bust cycle. But neither simple explication nor periodic nuggets of wisdom make this a particularly good read. Overall, the book is clear, but it will do little to persuade an attentive American audience that they should vote Bush out in 2004. (Jan. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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