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The advancement of liberty: how American democratic principles transformed the twentieth century

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Praeger Security International,
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2008.
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English
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Complaining that in American college classrooms "the United States is consistently depicted as an imperialistic power, oppressive of its own people and exploitive of others, dominated by corrupt business interests," Price (political science, Texas A&M U.) offers this history of US foreign policy from World War II through the collapse of the Soviet Union as a means of arguing that "American power has been the greatest organized force for liberty and democracy in the history of the world." Among the things Price gives the US credit for are: defeating fascism, encouraging democracy in war-ravaged Europe and independence among their former colonial holdings, "promoting justice in the Middle East," defeating the Soviets, and a failed but honorable war in Vietnam. As one might expect, Price's take is decidedly one-sided, but his distortions are generally ones of omission rather than commission. For instance, the US threat to cut off Marshall Plan aid to France should they try to reassert colonial control over Indonesia is applauded, but the decades of military and diplomatic support for the genocidal Indonesian dictator Suharto is not discussed. Historically literate readers will probably also raise their eyebrows when they see that Price has included among his "list of nations whose citizens live in more free and democratic societies today as a direct result of American action during the twentieth century," not just Indonesia, but Kuwait, Nicaragua, and El Salvador as well. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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