This compelling and persuasive book is the first to explore all of the interrelated aspects of America's decline. Hard-hitting and provocative, yet measured and clearly written, The End of the American Century demonstrates the phases of social, economic, and international decline that mark the end of a period of world dominance that began with World War II. David S. Mason convincingly shows that the war on terror and the Iraq War have exacerbated American domestic weakness and malaise and tarnished its image and stature in the world community. The collapse of the U.S. financial system is the culmination of decades of accumulated debt by government and consumers alike. As the dynamic economies of India and China and the revitalized European Union overtake the United States, we will witness a fundamental transformation of the global scene. This transition will require huge adjustments for American citizens and political leaders alike, but in the end, Mason argues, Americans-and the world-will be better off with a less profligate, more interdependent United States.
David S. Mason is professor emeritus of political science at Butler University.
Introduction: The Beginning and End of the American Century Chapter 1: Imperial Overstretch and Economic Decline Chapter 2: The End of Affluence and Equality Chapter 3: Torn Social Fabric: Inadequate Health Care, Violent Crime Chapter 4: The Dimming of America: Education, Science, and Fundamentalism Chapter 5: Ailing American Democracy Chapter 6: Abandoning International Order Chapter 7: Last Gasp of U.S. Supremacy: The Iraq War and Terrorism Chapter 8: The World Sours on the United States Chapter 9: America's New Rivals: Europe, China, and Others Chapter 10: America and the World after the American Century