The Freedom Agenda

Why America Must Spread Democracy(Just Not the Way George Bush Did) by James Traub

  • Published: Oct 11, 2020

Americans have been trying to shape democracy around the world for more than a century. It is the American mission, our distinctive form of evangelism. But when President Bush declared, in his second inaugural address, that "the survival of liberty in... read more

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Details of The Freedom Agenda

Exact title of the book
The Freedom Agenda
Book author
James Traub
ISBN
9781429941846
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Oct 27, 2009
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
272
File size (in PDF)
2448 kB

Some brief overview of book

Americans have been trying to shape democracy around the world for more than a century. It is the American mission, our distinctive form of evangelism. But when President Bush declared, in his second inaugural address, that "the survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands," he elevated this causethe "Freedom Agenda," as he called itto the central theme of American foreign policy.

Yet the war in Iraq has proven the folly of seeking to impose American democracy by force. As we leave the Bush era behind, the question arises What part of our efforts to spread democracy can we rescue from this failure? The Freedom Agenda traces the history of America's democratic evangelizing.

James Traub, a journalist for The New York Times Magazine, describes the rise and fall of the Freedom Agenda during the Bush years, in part through interviews with key administration officials. He offers a richly detailed portrait of the administration's largely failed efforts to bolster democratic forces abroad. In the end, Traub argues that democracy mattersfor human rights, for reconciliation among ethnic and religious groups, for political stability and equitable developmentbut the United States must exercise caution in its efforts to spread it, matching its deeds to its words, both abroad and at home.

About author

Traub is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has written four books, including The Devil's Playground and The Best Intentions (FSG, 2006). He lives in New York City.

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