In the Shadows of the American Century by Alfred W. McCoy audiobook

In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

By Alfred W. McCoy
Read by Arthur Morey

Blackstone Publishing 9781608467730
12.53 Hours Unabridged
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In a completely original analysis, prizewinning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America’s rise as a world power—from the 1890s through the Cold War—and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony—covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance. Peeling back layers of secrecy, McCoy exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows, largely unknown to those outside the highest rungs of power. Can the United States extend the “American Century” or will China guide the globe for the next hundred years? McCoy devotes his final chapter to these questions, boldly laying out a series of scenarios that could lead to the end of Washington’s world domination by 2030.

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In a completely original analysis, prizewinning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America’s rise as a world power—from the 1890s through the Cold War—and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony—covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance.

Peeling back layers of secrecy, McCoy exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows, largely unknown to those outside the highest rungs of power. Can the United States extend the “American Century” or will China guide the globe for the next hundred years? McCoy devotes his final chapter to these questions, boldly laying out a series of scenarios that could lead to the end of Washington’s world domination by 2030.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Arthur Morey’s voice has a ring of knowledgeable world-weariness as he provides listeners a history of US hegemony…Delving deeply into our military infrastructure in land, sea, space, and cyberspace, Morey relates McCoy’s critical assessments with equal clarity and intelligence, taking listeners through US strengths and its policy failures. Harrowing but important listening.” AudioFile
“This provocative study…is history with profound relevance to events that are unfolding before our eyes.” Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Times bestselling author
“McCoy’s detailed, panoramic analysis of the past, present, and future of the American empire covers all spheres of activity…and seasons all of this with some fascinating personal vignettes.” John Dower, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
"The case that Alfred McCoy makes—that much of America’s decline is due to its own contradictions and failures—is a sad one. He provides a glimmer of hope that America can ease into the role of a more generous, more collaborative, if less powerful, world player.” Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
“Provides an autopsy on a dying empire….Scenarios relayed by McCoy in dark terms could in turn provide positive opportunities for societal change as the necessity for constant war is removed.” Progressive
“[A] brilliant and deeply informed must-read for anyone seriously interested in geopolitics, the history of Empire, and the shape of the future.” New York Journal of Books
“Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike.” Kirkus Reviews
“A meticulous, eye-opening account of the rise, since 1945, and impending premature demise of the American Century of world domination.” Ann Jones, author of They Were Soldiers

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Author Bio: Alfred W. McCoy

Author Bio: Alfred W. McCoy

Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His 2009 book Policing America’s Empire won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. In 2012, Yale University awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal for work as “one of the world’s leading historians of Southeast Asia and an expert on…international political surveillance.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English