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A republic, not an empire : reclaiming America's destiny
Buchanan, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1938-
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Washington, DC : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, [1999]

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xiii, 437 pages ; 24 cm
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Now available in paperback. All but predicting the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Buchanan examines and critiques America's recent foreign policy and argues for new policies that consider America's interests first.

Author Notes

Patrick J. Buchanan, 1938 - Pat Buchanan was born November 2, 1938 in Washington, DC. He attended Georgetown University and received his Bachelor's of Arts degree in English and Philosophy in 1961, and his Master's in 1962 from the Columbia School of Journalism.

After graduation, Buchanan got a job as an Editorial Writer for the St. Louis Globe-Dispatch, from 1962 till 1966. He was a syndicated news columnist from 1975 to 1985, and from 1987 to 1999, as well as co-host of CNN's Crossfire talk show from 1987 to 1991, 1992 to 1995 and 1996 to 1999.

In 1966, Buchanan began his political career, becoming Executive Assistant to former Vice President Richard Nixon, a position he held until 1969. He then became President Nixon's speechwriter until 1974, when he was nominated by President Ford to be US Ambassador to South Africa, which was later withdrawn. He was the White House Director of Communications from 1985 to 1987, Founder and Chair of The American Cause from 1993 to 1999, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 1992 and 1996. In October of 1999, he quit the Republican Party and joined the Reform Party.

Buchanan is also a renowned author. His books include The New Majority: President Nixon at Mid-Passage (1973); Right from the Beginning (1988); A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny (1999); Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (2004); Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart (2007); Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World (2008); and Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? (2011).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The companion to Buchanan's excellent book on the usually soporific topic of trade policy, The Great Betrayal [BKL Mr 1 98], shows the columnist^-broadcaster^-presidential candidate still in top form. A Republic is his foreign policy book, in which he criticizes both current approaches--the new Wilsonism of President Clinton and the king-of-the-mountainism, so to speak, of most Republicans. As he sees it, these approaches invite trouble by requiring the U.S. to dominate the world, which he considers impossible and undesirable. It is impossible because Americans won't tolerate "another Vietnam" and don't intend to provide the military resources to make good on global commitments. It is undesirable because it makes the U.S. the military servant of other, often quite wealthy and populous nations (e.g., Japan, South Korea, Israel) and the target of resentment from dissidents in those nations: from the first situation the U.S. gets nothing in exchange, and from the second it may get terrorist attacks and, should the dissidents gain power, enemies. Instead of a globalist-internationalist policy, Buchanan urges that self-interest drive U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. should protect its citizens within its own well-defended borders, offer assistance short of troop deployment to allies (and require allies not to sell military technology to U.S. adversaries), withdraw troops from other nations that can afford their own defense, and avoid wars in places or for causes in which the U.S. has no interest that its citizens will accept as reason to fight. The best feature of Buchanan's argument is that he bases it in a history of U.S. foreign policy from Washington to the present. With his vivid columnist's prose, he also produces a read as riveting as it is provocative. Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Claiming to rescue history from the clutches of revisionists who not only slander the idea of isolationism but also get their history wrong, Buchanan (The Great Betrayal, etc.) offers a ringing defense of isolationismÄthough he doesn't call it that. Instead, Buchanan calls his foreign policy one of national interest. It is rooted in an outlook that is not just politically conservative but metaphysically conservative: "The fatal flaw in the globalist vision is that it is utopian. It envisions a world that has never existed and can never exist, because it is contrary to fallen human nature." Scoffing at dreamy internationalism (e.g., Woodrow Wilson's na‹ve desire to make the world "safe for democracy" and George Bush's trumpeting of a "new world order"), he invokes George Washington's Farewell Address warning against foreign entanglements and John Quincy Adams's dictum that it is not America's destiny "to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy." At issue, argues Buchanan, is America's sovereignty: the country should not make commitments to the U.N. or even NATO that will exact a price of blood and treasure where no vital national interest is at stake. As Buchanan ranges widely through American history, historians will find ample opportunity to sling analytical darts. But readers who can stomach the author's more outrageous fits of polemical bile (e.g., claiming that Joseph McCarthy "did nothing to... compare to what was done to the patriots of America First") will have to admit that Buchanan makes a stirring and entertaining argumentÄeven if, as U.S. intervention in Kosovo and NATO expansion illustrate, it is, for the foreseeable future, a losing argument. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Part 1 America Reaches for Global Hegemony
1. How Empires Perishp. 3
2. Courting Conflict with Russiap. 7
3. America's Future Warsp. 27
4. The Myth of American Isolationismp. 47
Part 2 1789-1823: Independence and Expansion
5. Birth of an American Foreign Policyp. 59
6. "Mr. Madison's War"p. 69
7. How We Took Floridap. 91
Part 3 1845-1869: Manifest Destiny
8. "Jimmy Polk's War"p. 105
9. "One War at a Time"p. 127
Part 4 1898-1919: The Turning Point
10. "Splendid Little War"p. 145
11. The New Imperialistsp. 171
12. "He Kept Us Out of War"p. 181
13. "Wilson's War"p. 193
Part 5 1921-1941: Triumph of the Interventionists
14. Disarmament Decadep. 231
15. The Zeal of the Convertp. 249
16. Back Door to Warp. 283
Part 6 1945-1989: Twilight Struggle
17. America's Longest Warp. 301
Part 7 A Foreign Policy for America
18. "Passionate Attachments" and Press Powerp. 331
19. Claimants to Kennan's Legacyp. 355
20. A Republic, Not an Empirep. 367
Notesp. 391
Acknowledgmentsp. 421
Indexp. 423