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Zbigniew Brzezinski, Second Chance. Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Second Chance. Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower, New York: Basic Books, 2007. Pag.234

America must reckon with the resentment it is causing at a global level and particularly in the Middle East; otherwise it risks "signing its own death sentence" as the world's only superpower. The warning comes from one of the most authoritative names in American foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser at the White House and now working for the think tank CSIS as an expert in international affairs. Brzezinski's latest book, Second Chance, is much talked about in Washington. In it, Jimmy Carter's former right-hand man puts the last three American presidents under the microscope, and gives them marks on foreign policy, particularly as to their relationships with the Middle East and the Arab world in general. George H. W. Bush, the president who conducted the end of the Cold War, scores highest with a B*; Bill Clinton only gets a C, for his unfinished job on the Israeli-Palestinian front; current president George W. Bush fails with an irreparable F. * In the American school system A is the top mark, F is below acceptability.

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