A Patriot's History of the Modern World, Vol. II: From the Cold War to the Age of Entitlement, 1945-2012
Larry Schweikart, Dave Dougherty
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The bestselling historians turn their focus to America’s role in the world since the end of World War II
Schweikart, author of the number one New York Times bestseller A Patriot’s History of the United States, and Dougherty take a critical look at America, from the postwar boom to her search for identity in the twenty-first century.
The second volume of A Patriot’s History of the Modern World picks up in 1945 with a world irrevocably altered by World War II and a powerful, victorious United States. But new foes and challenges soon arose: the growing sphere of Communist influence, hostile dictatorships and unreliable socialist allies, the emergence of China as an economic contender, and the threat of world Islamification.
The book reestablishes the argument of American exceptionalism and the interplay of our democratic pillars—Judeo-Christian religious beliefs, free market capitalism, land ownership, and common law—around the world.
Schweikart and Dougherty offer a fascinating conservative history of the last six decades.
inefficient firms, increased competition and the muffling of the unions.”15 It is a tribute to the success of conservatism in America and Britain that leftists adopted a bizarre argument that counted it as a “failure of Thatcherism to effect any far-reaching roll-back of state economic activity [emphasis in original].”16 Such concerns on the part of the Left missed the point entirely that conservatives such as Thatcher, Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and even, to go back a few years, George Washington,
the name of health or the environment to protect those already present in the system. The European Union carried this concept to a new level, heretofore unseen. Member nations gradually lost almost all of their autonomy with respect to controlling their economies and business actions, ceding such power to the bureaucrats in Brussels. By 2010, corruption had become institutionalized at all levels, including the highest. The entire Commission headed by Jacques Santer was forced to resign in 1999
in joining a coalition. An Arab League meeting in Cairo sided overwhelmingly with Kuwait and the United States, and of the major players, only Jordan was a holdout. Anticipating that Saddam would quickly consolidate his gains, giving him 20 percent of the world’s known oil reserves, then continue moving south to Saudi Arabia’s Hama oil fields and claim 40 percent, Bush, much to the relief of the Saudi royal family, announced defensive operation Desert Shield to protect the kingdom. Just five days
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