Colossus : The Rise and Fall of the American Empire
by Niall Ferguson
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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America is the new empire of the worldThe presidents of Lincoln to Bush may have refused but, as Niall Ferguson is brilliant and provocative book shows, the United States is in many ways the greatest empire power of all timeWhat is more, it has always been an empire, expanding westward throughout the nineteenth century and increasing world dominance in the twentieth centuryBut is today’s America really equipped colossus to play the Atlas, carrying the weight of the world on his shouldersThe United States, Ferguson reveals, is an empty empire, weakened by chronic deficiencies of money, employment and political willWhen New Rome falls, he warns, its collapse may come from withinOne of the most timely and topical books have appeared in recent years, a Literary Review’Yet another tour de force from a writer who displays all his usual gifts, these are powerful polemics, unconventional intelligence and elegant proseguaranteed to spark fierce debate’ Irish Times A of the bravery of exploring why Americans are not meant to be imperialists, but nevertheless an empireTimothy Garton Ash
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