Item description for A Republic, Not an Empire Reclaiming America's Destiny by Patrick J. Buchanan...
Overview The political commentator and presidential candidate argues that getting involved in regional skirmishes is creating enemies for America--and that our security is at risk.
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.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Republic, Not an Empire Reclaiming America's Destiny by Patrick J. Buchanan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
New York Times - 10/03/1999 page 16
Publishers Weekly - 07/26/1999 page 70
Kirkus Reviews - 08/01/1999 page 1188
Booklist - 08/01/1999 page 1980
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Studio: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.42" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1999
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 089526272X ISBN13 9780895262721
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More About Patrick J. Buchanan
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN, America's leading populist conservative, was senior adviser to three American presidents, ran for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party's presidential candidate in 2000. The author of ten other books, Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and founding member of three of America's foremost public affairs shows, NBC's The McLaughlin Group and CNN's The Capitol Gang and Crossfire. He lives in McLean, Virginia.
Patrick J. Buchanan currently resides in McLean, in the state of Virginia. Patrick J. Buchanan was born in 1938.
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A Republic, Not an Empire Apr 20, 2008
I've never been a fan of Pat Buchanan, but I still tried to read this book with an open mind. I believe history should be written by historians, which Buchanan is not, and he lives up to my reasons for why I believe this to be true. Given the title of the book, it would have been beneficial to define what exactly is a republic and what is an empire. Since Buchanan does not do this, we are at the mercy of his opinions.
I suppose any dummy can regurgitate dates and events, but that doesn't mean one is writing "history." History comes from the summation of the events into a logical thesis supported by facts. This is where Buchanan misses the mark.
The book is a strange amalgam of sections. The first critiques the current (1999) world of American foreign policy. Buchana criticises America for being involved in parts of the world where it has no vital interest. So far so good. He then assumes the role of prophet and projects where America's future wars will be. There are some interesting theories here, and some have more or less actually happened. OK, we're still on the right track.
Then Pat's wheels come off. He recites the panorama of American history, glossing over it that it only vaguely resembles a cohesive argument, to show how America followed a course of Manifest Destiny that promoted the republic, not empire. Huh? Manifest Destiny and Imperialism are easily interchangable terms, and Pat can't seem to figure that out. What are America's natural borders? It would be a cop out to say from sea to shining sea, because given the realities of the times when the borders expanded, there was always a need for collective security, both geopolitical and economic that was at work. America had no natural "right" to expand to the Pacific Ocean and to Alaska and Hawaii, it did so to cement its imperial reign on the continent. We couldn't capture Canada or Mexico, so we had to take what we could.
Once our nation had filled in what we now recognize as our borders, we turned to overseas affairs by fighting Spain and two world wars. Buchanan chastises thos presidents who fail to prepare for war in order to secure the peace. Had he read the Federalist, he would have learned that a true republic distrusts its military as an implement of empire. Again, Pat misses the boat completely.
He naturally concludes the greatness of Reagan, though one could argue running up a deficit to defeat communism did not do our republic any favors. The book concludes with a summary of foreign policy that has American forces occupying eastern Europe though we have no vital interests there. That is not a bad argument. He also predicted the current war in Iraq and poignantly illustrates on page 327 how the destruction of Iraq would force the United States into defending against Iran. Again, I agree with him here.
His main point is that America should focus its energy on those interests that are vital to us. The neoconservative ideology that got us into our current middle eastern imbroglio and the liberal ideology that played to the "peace divident" after the fall of the USSR both receive Buchanan's ire. He follows the America First idea that he traces to George Washington, but over the course of 225 years (and 400 pages of Buchanan's book)has fallen victim to Wall Street power brokers and their lackey bought and paid for politicians such as the Bush-Cheney duo. Pat's book isn't worth but one star, but neither is it worth four or five.
Someone who reads history.... Jun 26, 2007
A sobering reminder of the original ideals behind America's founding, and how far we've strayed. Writing long before our current GWOT travails, Buchanan was the Cassandra of our time....
Well written, eloquent, and insightful May 8, 2007
The purpose here is to "revisit the history of American foreign policy, its successes, triumphs, and failures". From that we can "expose the myths and identify the true traditions".
Well written, eloquent, and insightful. Although labeled an isolationist, Buchanan would not see us weakened militarily. He delivers a bold history lesson of our presidents and the nations foreign affairs; the domestic policy is all but ignored. He has been proven right on future scenarios, but has been proven wrong by underestimating the U.S.
Buchanan writes: All great empires were crushed because of wars, we are the last remaining superpower and we are headed for destruction. Our military is overextended and we are issuing dangerous guarantees. Through NATO: We are becoming more the defense of the world; other nations rely on us, so they spend less on defense; who will protect us? NATO is becoming more and more a U.S. organization; this is viewed as a take-over. There is a distinction between American expansion (Manifest Destiny) and naked aggression on other soils. Other nations are now joining up against us, who normally would not. If we stayed out of W.W.I, there may have never been a Hitler or a W.W.II. Cause and effect issued in W.W.I, W.W.II, China, Korea, and the Cold War. Not only does Buchanan warn us of foreign wars and occupation, but also the threat to our south--Mexico.
What's the cost of intervention? What did our founding fathers envision for us? What is the right foreign policy for America?
A democracy will eventually fail and a democracy without God will surely fail.
Wish you well Scott
Right on the Mark Sep 5, 2006
A good title, but State of Emergency is just as solid. Read them both.
Read the bad reviews... Jul 3, 2006
You have only to read the bad reviews to know why you should buy this book immediatley!