History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America (Hardback)Bruno Macaes (author)
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Provocative and audacious, Macaes’s insightful book questions current theories of American decline and asserts that, far from the United States being supplanted by upstart powers, the Land of the Free may well be embarking upon its most dominant phase yet.
Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021
Popular consensus says that the US rose over two centuries to Cold War victory and world domination, and is now in slow decline. But is this right?
History's great civilisations have always lasted much longer, and for all its colossal power, the US was overshadowed by Europe until recently. What if this isn't the end?
Bruno Macaes offers a compelling vision of America's future, both fascinating and unnerving. From the early American Republic, Macaes takes us to the turbulent present, when, he argues, America is finally forging its own path. We can see the birth pangs of this new civilisation in today's debates on guns, religion, foreign policy and the significance of Trump. What will its values be, and what will this new America look like?
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'There's no better man to guide us on the differences between Europe and America than Bruno Macaes. ... [History Has Begun] is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the country that invented itself - and the modern world.' - The Sunday Times
'Brilliant and wildly provocative, [Macaes] not so much turns history on its head, as inside out ... a wonderfully contrarian essay on the future of world politics ... challenging to the last sentence, it has been the stimulating and fun read of the year so far.' - The Evening Standard
'A refreshingly bold and deeply thought-stirring book.' - John Gray, The New Statesman
'As a kind of counterpoint to his insightful books on the rise of Eurasia and China's One Belt One Road initiative, Bruno Macaes has written an absorbing, ruminative essay on the United States. Whereas his exploration of Eurasia was a true journey over that vast landmass, here he encounters America in his library and his imagination. Between Europe, oppressed by history, and China, intoxicated by technology, the United States still offers some hope of reconciling power and liberty.' - Niall Ferguson
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