America and the World: Conversations on the future of American foreign policy
Basic Books, US$27.50 hb, 292 pp
It is easy to believe, in the glad confident morning of the new presidency, that not being George W. Bush will be enough: that to restore America’s place in the world, Barack Obama need only avoid the mistakes and repudiate the misdeeds of his discredited predecessor. If so, his task will be easy, and this book may help. But what if something more is needed?
America and the World, produced at speed, is a book for the moment. Over seven days between late February and early April 2008, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius sat down with two revered elders of the foreign policy establishment, and started them talking about American foreign policy. The results – taped, transcribed and (it seems) only lightly edited – were sent off to the publisher. And here they are, between hard covers and selling fast.