This second and revised edition of the 1989 American National Book Award finalist and 1990 Prix Jean-Jacques Rousseau laureate, Barbarian Sentiments, contains the full original text together with the author’s decade-after appraisal of what he wrote in each chapter, where he was right and where he was wrong. Includes a new Foreward, together with a 48-page “Afterword in the New Century.”
When the original edition of this book was published, a critic called it “an iconoclastic, coruscating examination of America’s predicament at a time when international affairs are escaping the conventions of American public debate and the old categories (and pieties) of American foreign policy.” It proved a prescient anticipation of the impending crisis of Communism, even though when it was written the Berlin Wall had not been breached, the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact were still intact, and the United States was respected as leader of the free world.
In this greatly augmented new edition, Pfaff explored the disquieting elements he discerned in the United States a decade later: a drift towards unrealistic assumptions about America’s ‘benevolent’ domination of international affairs, an obsession with ‘rogue states’ and terrorism – even though the principal global forces remained civilian, economic and political.
“Both a penetrating critique of the conventional American outlook and a prescient survey of the major forces shaping the current international scene. If public officials had time to read books, this is one of those books that every official ought to read.”
-- Larry Tool, San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review
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