Synopses & Reviews
Promised Land, Crusader State, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall, is an iconoclastic reinterpretation of the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present. Entertaining, fast-paced, and learned, it exposes the myths that obscure the real meaning of such concepts as American Exceptionalism, Isolationism, Manifest Destiny, Wilsonianism, and Containment. Taking up the torch of George Kennan, McDougall proposes nothing less than to cleanse the vocabulary of our sterile post-Cold War debate on America's role in the world. Looking back over two centuries, he draws a striking contrast between America as a Promised Land, a vision that inspired the Old Testament of our diplomatic wisdom through the nineteenth century, and the contrary vision of America as a Crusader State, which inspired the New Testament of our foreign policy beginning at the time of the Spanish-American War and reaching its fulfillment in Vietnam. To this day, these two vi
In "an entertaining and iconoclastic fashion" (Philadelphia Inquirer), the celebrated historian reinterprets the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present. "McDougall has written a lively and provocative book" (Wall Street Journal) that is "a rich study of the American experience" (Los Angeles Times).
Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-273) and index.
About the Author
Walter A. McDougall received the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1986. A professor of international relations and history at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Reasearch Institute, he lives in Philadelphia.