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Book Review: The World America Made by Robert Kagan

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The World America Made by Robert Kagan is about the constantly evolving changes in the world order and the projection of power by the major players, as well as small coalitions of countries which can act cooperatively to achieve economic or geopolitical ends. Kagan presents a world which has been at relative peace between the major superpowers since the conclusion of the Cold War and the substantial victory with regard to the War on Terror.

The author explains how America is strategically located far away from the political hot spots across the globe. In addition, America’s strengths are seen in its tremendous resources, borderlines on the Atlantic/Pacific oceans, and success with the democratic processes. Despite some complaining from competing corners of the world, America is well tolerated.

Kagan makes another important observation which is that territorial conquest is outdated due to the digital world and advanced communications. The author uses the phrase “The New Enlightenment” to describe the direction things are taking.

The author explains that major wars are started when there are doubts about which powers project more force. In today’s world, there are no major doubts except for countries on the fringes of the global economic and geopolitical order. Kagan makes it clear that the major challenges ahead are to sustain and build upon the current order in the world. This is no small task but he believes that America and other coalitions of countries are up to accomplishing the task.

The World America Made by Robert Kagan is an important book about America’s role in the world, as well as the opportunities of smaller coalitions of countries to prosper as a result of mutual economic and political cooperation. The presentation is easy to read and it is directed to a wide audience in government, industry, and the general public. The author should have named this book “The World America Helped Shape” in order to give credit to a wide coalition of contributing countries over the past several decades.


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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.