Empire for Liberty 09.01.2010

September 01, 2010

Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz
(Princeton University Press, 2010)

Book Forum
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Featuring the author Richard Immerman, Professor of History and Marvin Wachman Director, Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University; Robert Kagan, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Derek Leebaert, Partner, MAP AG; moderated by Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute, and Executive Director of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy.

Did America set out to become an empire? And if so, how has it reconciled its imperialism with the idea of liberty so forcefully expressed in the Declaration of Independence? In his new book, Empire for Liberty, historian Richard Immerman tells the stories of six men who influenced the course of American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz. Immerman shows how each individual's influence arose from a keen sensitivity to the concerns of his times, how the trajectory of American empire was relentless, if not straight, and how these shrewd and powerful individuals shaped their rhetoric about liberty to suit their needs. But as Immerman demonstrates, the Global War on Terror and the occupation of Iraq brought the tensions between liberty and empire into bold relief.

Posted by coalition at September 1, 2010 07:58 AM

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