The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation in print. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize-winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of prestigious Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. From Colony to Superpower is the only thematic volume commissioned for the series. Here George C. Herring uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from thirteen disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.
A sweeping account of United States' foreign relations and diplomacy, this magisterial volume documents America's interaction with other peoples and nations of the world. Herring tells a story of stunning successes and sometimes tragic failures, captured in a fast-paced narrative that illuminates the central importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation, and highlights its ongoing impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. He shows how policymakers defined American interests broadly to include territorial expansion, access to growing markets, and the spread of an "American way" of life. And Herring does all this in a story rich in human drama and filled with epic events. Statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin and Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman and Dean Acheson played key roles in America's rise to world power. But America's expansion as a nation also owes much to the adventurers and explorers, the sea captains, merchants and captains of industry, the missionaries and diplomats, who discovered or charted new lands, developed new avenues of commerce, and established and defended the nation's interests in foreign lands.
From the American Revolution to the fifty-year struggle with communism and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, From Colony to Superpower tells the dramatic story of America's emergence as superpowerits birth in revolution, its troubled present, and its uncertain future.
For anyone pursuing a fuller knowledge of the course of U.S. foreign relations, George Herring s From Colony to Superpower is a treasure. Highly regarded for his writings on 20th-century U.S. foreign relations (especially on Vietnam, in America s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975), he has in this 1,000-page volume engaged North American foreign relations from the War of Independence to the present. The work is part of the prestigious Oxford History of the United States series (three of the first six volumes have received Pulitzer Prizes), and this new entry proves an engaging narrative that nevertheless offers readers the benefit of the author's valuable analysis and interpretation of the many historical phases surveyed.