Far reaching and ambitious in scope, the book combines accounts of the changing relationship between Native Americans and the white population with readings of the works of key cultural figures, such as Melville and Whitman, as well as an analysis of the way in which money and politics became so closely intertwined in American democracy.
Also included is a preface by Eric Hobsbawm providing insight into his own views on American imperialism as well as a valuable introduction to Victor Kiernan's work. Together, they shed useful light on such issues as the uses and misuses of American military might, its lack of respect for international agreements, and the right to pre-emptive defence - issues which remain just as urgent today.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
'A graphic account of imperial imaginings'
Perry Anderson, in American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers
'Readers of many kinds will have much to learn from a study so packed with information and insight, both conveyed with unflagging elegance. It surveys, period by period, in groups of closely linked essays, U.S. dealings with Amerindians at home and with non-Anglo-Saxon peoples abroad ... And Kiernan is one of the few British historians ... who know how to use literature as evidence.'
Angus Calder, in New Edinburgh Review
'He (Kiernan) became the master of the perfectly chosen quotation inserted into a demure but uncompromising survey of a global scene.'