By Ferguson Niall
¿Es Estados Unidos el imperio del nuevo mundo? Un recorrido por l. a. historia del poder de Estados Unidos a lo largo del siglo XX.
¿Es Estados Unidos el imperio del nuevo mundo? El gobierno estadounidense lo niega rotundamente. A pesar de l. a. conquista de dos estados soberanos en un plazo de dos años, a pesar de l. a. presencia de 750 bases o instalaciones militares en más de one hundred thirty países y a pesar de su expresa intención de «extender los beneficios de los angeles libertad a todos los rincones del mundo», George W. Bush mantiene que «América nunca ha sido un imperio».
Para Ferguson, el imperio americano carece de tres de los rasgos básicos que conformaron el imperialismo británico en el siglo XIX: necesita importar capital del resto del mundo para financiar su déficit monetary y comercial, carece del número necesario de militares y diplomáticos para hacer de policía del mundo, y no tiene los angeles voluntad decidida para perseverar en sus aventuras internacionales.
En Coloso, Niall Ferguson traza l. a. historia del poder de Estados Unidos a lo largo del siglo XX y revela l. a. paradójica realidad de que, siendo el imperio más poderoso que haya conocido el mundo, se niega a aceptar las responsabilidades políticas y morales que conlleva el hecho de ser un poder global.
«Un libro brillante lleno de energía, imaginación y curiosidad.»
Hugh Thomas, Evening Standard
«Coloso muestra los angeles fuerza narrativa del profesor Ferguson y su facilidad para utilizar referencias políticas, económicas y literarias para reforzar sus argumentos históricos.»
Michiko Kakutani, The ny Times
«Ferguson considera que l. a. única esperanza para el futuro de muchos países stay en que un poder extranjero logre construir los angeles paz y los pilares institucionales que resultan imprescindibles para su desarrollo económico. los angeles polémica está servida.»
Raimundo Ortega, Cinco Días
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Coloso: Auge y decadencia del imperio norteamericano by Ferguson Niall