Purpose and Power
US Grand Strategy from the Revolutionary Era to the Present
by Donald Stoker
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Pub Date 11 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2023
Across the full span of the nation's history, Donald Stoker challenges our understanding of the purposes and uses of American power. From the struggle for independence to the era of renewed competition with China and Russia, he reveals the grand strategies underpinning the nation's pursuit of sovereignty, security, expansion, and democracy abroad. He shows how successive administrations have projected diplomatic, military, and economic power, and mobilized ideas and information to preserve American freedoms at home and secure US aims abroad. He exposes the myth of American isolationism, the good and ill of America's quest for democracy overseas, and how too often its administrations have lacked clear political aims or a concrete vision for where they want to go. Understanding this history is vital if America is to relearn how to use its power to meet the challenges ahead and to think more clearly about political aims and grand strategy.
‘With singular breadth and subtle depth, Donald Stoker provides a magisterial treatment of American grand strategy. Combining historical insight and analytical clarity, he synthesizes the enduring principles and evolving practices that have shaped the United States' interests, power, and role in the world.' William Inboden, author of The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink