A brilliant and visionary argument for America's role as an enforcer of peace and order throughout the world--and what is likely to happen if we withdraw and focus our attention inward.
Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for The Washington Post. He is also the author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Dangerous Nation, Of Paradise and Power, and A Twilight Struggle. He served in the U.S. State Department from 1984 to 1988. He lives in Virginia with his wife.
"A devastating riposte to [Trump's] careless, cynical and
destructive approach to diplomacy....[Kagan] is right to detect a
crisis of confidence in the democratic world. He sets out his case
with characteristic brilliance and conviction."
"[I]t is time to say it: I am a Kaganite... There is no
modern author who has taught me more, or changed the way I view the
world more, than he has... For identifying and clearly explaining
the chief forces driving human history, Bob is brilliant."
--Michael E. O'Hanlon, Brookings "[S]o important... In clear and forceful language, [The Jungle Grows Back] makes the case for America continuing its role as the guarantor of a liberal world order."
--Eli Lake, Bloomberg "[Kagan] has in many ways become the biographer of American power... He brings to the page a true sense of the stakes involved--not some abstract notion of the 'rules-based order, ' but the basic security and prosperity of Americans."
--Commentary "The Jungle Grows Back displays the characteristic Kagan virtues of lucid writing and thought--and a strong sense of history that adds drama and sweep to his argument."
--Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times "This short book is a valuable read and makes a valiant effort to argue for America's continued deep engagement in the world... The world order is not natural; it needed to be built and it needs to be carefully maintained."
--Doug Stokes, Quillette