Book Discussion on Of Paradise and Power

Mr. Kagan talked about his book Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order, published by Alfred A.… read more

Mr. Kagan talked about his book Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is an expansion on an article in Policy Review about America and the world that has been discussed internationally. The book argues that after years of mutual resentment and tension, there is a sudden recognition that the real interests of America and its allies are diverging sharply and that the trans-Atlantic relationship itself has changed, possibly irreversibly. Europe sees the United States as high-handed, unilateralist, and unnecessarily belligerent; the United States sees Europe as spent, unserious, and weak. The anger and mistrust on both sides are hardening into incomprehension. Mr. Kagan traced the widely differing histories of Europe and America since the end of World War II, showing how for one the need to escape a bloody past has led to a new set of transnational beliefs about power and threat, while the other has perforce evolved into the guarantor of that postmodern paradise by dint of its might and global reach. close

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Book Discussion on Of Paradise and Power

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 16, 2003
Last Aired:
Jan 25, 2004

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  • Feb 16, 2003 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 16, 2003 | 10:58pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 17, 2003 | 6:01am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 24, 2004 | 7:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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