Lament for America explores the major challenges to the status of the United States as a world superpower. In delving into the fundamental question of whether or not a relative decline is inevitable, the author recognizes that the changes faced over the next few decades will be more rapid and transformational than at any other period in American history. Lament for America offers concrete recommendations for renewal in areas such as defense policy, health care, education, and the environment, and serves as a useful guide to understanding how decisions will shape both the U.S. and global landscapes.
Earl H. Fry is professor of political science and Endowed Professor of Canadian Studies at Brigham Young University. He is the author of many books including America the Vincible: U.S. Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century (Prentice-Hall).
Acknowledgements Preface * No Superpower Is Too Big to Fail * Beltway Follies * Domestic Fault Lines: Indebtedness and Inequities * Domestic Fault Lines: The Comfort Zone of Mediocrity * An Unsustainable U.S. Foreign Policy * The First Major External Challenge to America's Superpower Status: The Rise of Competitor Nations * An Emerging External Threat to America's Superpower Status: The Combination of Globalization, Technology Change, and Creative Destruction * America's Strengths and a Plan for Renewal * The United States in 2050 Notes Bibliography Index