By Walter Russell Mead

A stunningly insightful account of the worldwide political and economy, sustained first via Britain and now by means of the US, that has created the fashionable international.

The key to the 2 international locations' predominance, Mead argues, lies within the individualistic ideology inherent within the Anglo-American faith. through the years Britain and America's liberal democratic process has been time and again challeged—by Catholic Spain and Louis XIV, the Nazis, communists, and Al Qaeda—and for the main half, it has prevailed. however the present conflicts within the heart East threaten to alter that checklist except we foster a deeper knowing of the conflicts among the liberal international procedure and its foes.

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