In February 1941, Henry Luce memorably announced the arrival of the "The American Century." The phrase caught on, as did the belief that America's moment was at hand. Yet as Andrew J. Bacevich makes clear, that century has now ended, the victim of strategic miscalculation, military misadventures, and economic decline.

What did this age of reputed American preeminence signify? What caused its premature demise? What legacy remains in its wake? What did the forging of the American Century—with its considerable achievements but also its ample disappointments and missed opportunities—ultimately yield? Bacevich and a collection of distinguished scholars address those questions in "The Short American Century: A Postmortem."

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