Is America really in decline? What would the world look like if America turned away from its role as a global leader to focus all of its energies on solving problems at home? The author of Dangerous Nation and Of Paradise and Power, as well as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Washington Post columnist, Robert Kagan here paints a vivid, alarming picture of what the world might look like if the United States were truly to let its influence wane.
"At once a robust defense of the role America plays in world affairs and a determined rejection of the 'myth' that America is in decline."—Financial Times (London)
"Kagan paints with a broad brush, sprinkling a memorable metaphor here, a striking simile there.... He provides a compelling demonstration that whether it's protecting the sea lanes vital for free trade or nudging societies toward democracy, the world stands a better chance with America in prime position than with China or Russia in the lead."—NYTBR