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The American Way of Empire: How America Won a World – But Lost Her Way

About the Event

In his new book The American Way of Empire, James Kurth traces the beginning of the American Empire and of the American Century to September 2, 1945 when Douglas MacArthur received the surrender of the Empire of Japan on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri.  The end of the American empire and century came with the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, opening a new, yet un-named era.  What lies ahead: peaceful competition or great power conflict, or some unimaginable catastrophe?  Few people are better equipped to grapple with these overarching questions than James Kurth, a long-time Senior Fellow of FPRI and emeritus professor of political science at Swarthmore College. In addition to Swarthmore, Kurth has taught at Harvard, UC San Diego, and the US Naval War College.  He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, editor of Orbis, and advised the Chief of Naval Operations. 

"A stunningly original work that provocatively explores the heights and depths of America’s global stature." -- Kirkus Reviews 



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James Kurth

James Kurth - James Kurth is a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West and a member of the Orbis Board of Editors. He is Professor of Political Science Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar at Swarthmore College.