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FRANCIS FUKUYAMA
Author of The End of History and the Lost Mon

AMERICAN
CROSSROADS
DEMOCRACY. POWER,
AND

NEOCONSERVATIVE LEGACY

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Fukuyama's criticism of

the

Iraq war put him at odds with neoconservative friends both within and outside the Bush administration. Here

he explains how, in its decision to invade Iraq,

the Bush administrationfailed in its steward­ ship of American foreign policy. First, the ad­ ministration wrongly made preventive war the central tenet of its foreign policy. In addition, it badly misjudged the global reaction to its exercise of "benevolent hegemony." And final­ ly, it failed to appreciate the difficulties in­ volved in large-scale social engineering, grossly underestimating the difficulties involved inestab­ lishing a successful democratic government in

Fukuyama

explores the

contention

by

the neo-

Bush administration's critics that it had a

conservative agenda that dictated its foreign policy during the president's first term. Provid­ ing a fascinating history of the varied strands of neoconservative thought since the 1930s,

Fukuyama argues that the movement's legacy is acomplex one that can be interpreted quite differently than it w a s after the end of the Cold War. A n a l y z i n g the Bush administration's mis­ calculations in responding to the post-Septem­ ber 1 1 challenge, Fukuyama proposes a new

approach to American foreign policy through which such mistakes might be turned a r o u n d one in which the positive aspects of the neoconservative legacyare joined with a more realistic view of the way American power can be used around the w o r l d .

Francis

Fukuyama i s Bernard L. Schwartz

Professor of International Political Economy and director of the International Development Program at the School of Advanced Interna­

tional Studies, Johns H o p k i n s University. He has written widely on political and economic development, and h is previous books include The End of History and the Last Man, a best Times

seller and the winner of the Los Angeles Book P r i z e .

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"Francis Fukuyama here gives the most lucid and knowledgeable account of the neoconservative vision of America's place and role in world affairs, and where it has overreached disastrously. He argues effectivelyfor an American foreign policy more aware of the limits of American power, less dependent on the military, and more respectful of the interests and opinions of other countries and emerging international norms and institutions." NATHAN GLAZER Harvard University

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The Castle Lectures in Ethics, Politics,and Economics

America at the Crossroads
D E M O C R A C Y , P O W E R , A N D T H E N E O C O N S E R V A T I V E

L E G A C Y

Francis Fukuyama
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Copyright © 2006 by Francis Fukuyama.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fukuyama, Francis. America at the crossroads : democracy, power, and the neoconservative legacy / Francis Fukuyama. p. c m . — ( T h e Castle lectures inethics, politics, and economics) Includes bibliographical references and index. I S B N - 1 3 : 9 7 8 - 0 - 3 0 0 - 1 1 3 9 9 - 0 (alk. paper) I S B N - 1 0 : 0 - 3 0 0 - 1 1 3 9 9 - 4 ( lk- paper) 1. United States—Foreign relations—20013. United States—Military policy. States. 6. Democracy. 2. Conservatism—United States. 5. Hegemony—United I. Title. II. Series.
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