By John Steele Gordon
Original 12 months of publication: 2005
Throughout time, from old Rome to fashionable Britain, the nice empires outfitted and maintained their domination via strength of fingers and political strength. yet no longer the us. the United States has ruled the area in a brand new, peaceable, and pervasive means -- throughout the endured production of dazzling wealth. during this authoritative, engrossing historical past, John Steele Gordon captures as by no means ahead of the real resource of our nation's worldwide impression: wealth and the ability to create extra of it.
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