Making the World Safe for Democracy
A Century of Wilsonianism and Its Totalitarian Challengers
By Amos Perlmutter
214 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 1 table, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5711-3
Published: July 2009
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6384-8
Published: November 2000
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Originally published in 1997.
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About the Author
Amos Perlmutter was professor of political science and sociology at American University. Author of fifteen books on comparative politics and international relations, he was a frequent contributor to such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
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“A cautionary tale highlighting the need for continued military preparedness and the political will to use it wisely.”--Military Review
“A fine primer on 20th-century world politics. Recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduates, and graduate students.”--Choice
”Fascinating and insightful. . . . An excellent study which convincingly illustrates the need for pragmatic American engagement in world affairs.”--Virginia Quarterly Review
"Amos Perlmutter's splendid Making the World Safe for Democracy . . . could not be more timely. . . . He writes with concision and authority."--Jacob Heilbrunn, Wall Street Journal
"A provocative account of the three 'world orders' that have dominated the century. Perlmutter's erudition and common sense illuminate our times. Clearly written, crisply argued. Highly recommended."--Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations
"Perlmutter's thesis may be stated briefly: Wilsonianism, despite its blemishes and hypocrisies, is the sole (hypothetical) contender for establishing 'world order.' But that would require the American people to embrace interventionism and hegemonialism. In the absence of a serious external challenge, such an embrace will not take place. In practice, we shall seek a foreign policy 'on the cheap'--despite grandiose rhetoric. The American people cannot be mobilized to embrace a struggle against nebulous foes or complicated civil wars."--James Schlesinger, former secretary of defense