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Review 'Even as pundits are proclaiming the end of the United States' unipolar moment, scholars are still trying to understand the exact nature of U.S. primacy. If the United States is the most powerful state the world has seen, what constrains or disciplines its security pursuits? In this important book, Brooks and Wohlforth survey the leading schools of thought looking for answers.'--Foreign Affairs'The authors dispute both the logic and the evidence that has been adduced in support of such claims and make the case so clearly that World out of Balance can be used in upper-division undergraduate courses and also read with profit by members of the profession. It will stand as a major book for years to come.'--Robert Jervis, Perspectives on Politics'[T]his book is an important contribution to international relations studies and should be included in any upper-level undergraduate course or graduate seminar that is concerned with issues of power, primacy or polarity.'--Patrick Shea, Political Studies Review Read more From the Back Cover 'A sophisticated and elegant challenge to the view that U.S. primacy is fast on the wane. By deftly backing up theoretical argument with historical example, Brooks and Wohlforth redefine debate about the durability of a unipolar world and the future of U.S. grand strategy.'--Charles A. Kupchan, author of The End of the American Era'Effectively organized and well-written, this timely book engages many of the important debates in international relations theory and American foreign policy in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. Without question, this is a major contribution to the field.'--David Baldwin, Princeton University'This substantial book provides a full analysis of key questions facing the United States today: Does U.S. power--specifically unipolar or hegemonic power--bring large benefits? And does the U.S. position call for a limited or an ambitious foreign policy? The authors draw from a wide range of established arguments and add important arguments of their own, to provide clear and powerful answers.'--Charles Glaser, University of Chicago Read more See all Editorial Reviews