Unipolar Disorder

Survival: Volume 52, Issue 1 February 2010, pages 187 – 190

Follies of Power: America’s Unipolar Fantasy
David P. Calleo. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
25.00/$30.00. 176 pp.

David Calleo has spent most of his professional life attacking America’s claim to global hegemony. He has always said it was bad for the world, and bad for America. In the Cold War period his attack on American pretensions was made on behalf of Europe. America’s vision of a Pax Americana left no room for Europe to breathe. Now it leaves no room for anyone else to breathe.

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