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Press Release

On Sale: April 28, 2009

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Contact: Melanie DeNardo, Publicity Manager
Melanie.DeNardo@hholt.com; 646-307-5239

“Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.”—Bill Moyers

New York Times Bestseller

Washington Post Best Book of 2008

Now in paperback with a timely and eye-opening afterword


The End of American Exceptionalism

by Andrew J. Bacevich
“In an age of cant and baloney, Andrew Bacevich offers a bracing slap of reality . . . few combine confidence with knowledge and deep thought the way Bacevich does here.”
The Washington Post

“In post–Cold War foreign policy debates, it has been the voice of the sober realist, pointing out the limits of U.S. power and counseling restraint, that has been the most faintly heard. In recent years, Bacevich has been among the most articulate of these realists—and this is his manifesto.” —Foreign Affairs

“Strongly felt and elegantly written . . . painfully clear-sighted and refreshingly uncontaminated by the conventional wisdom of Washington, D.C.”—The Economist

With over 100,000 copies sold and more than eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Andrew Bacevich’s powerful manifesto, THE LIMITS OF POWER: The End of American Exceptionalism (Holt Paperbacks; On Sale: April 28, 2009), has been an unparalleled literary sensation. THE LIMITS OF POWER has challenged both citizens and leaders to rethink the United States’ approach to foreign policy, military mobilization, and economic strategy. Indeed, The Washington Post urged that THE LIMITS OF POWER “ought to be on the reading list of every candidate for national office.” Now the bipartisan blockbuster is available in paperback with a provocative new afterword that questions the latest developments in U.S. activity at home and abroad.

In THE LIMITS OF POWER Bacevich widens his lens to cover our nation’s most daunting problems: overexpansion and overconsumption. He identifies three key crises—profligacy, political imperialism, and a dangerous infatuation with the military—and he uses the philosophy of Reinhold Niebuhr to propose a policy of humility, one that “summons Americans to see themselves without blinders.”

THE LIMITS OF POWER is a straightforward message that continues to resonate: only a return to utmost pragmatism in all aspects of government can provide common ground for fixing America’s urgent problems. Today that message is even more pertinent as our economy continues to plummet and the need for truth-telling from politicians becomes more crucial for real change in our nation and around the world.

Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and a retired U.S. Army colonel. He is the author of The New American Militarism, among other books. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the recipient of a Lannan Award and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The End of American Exceptionalism
Now in paperback with a timely and eye-opening afterword
by Andrew J. Bacevich
Publication date: April 28, 2009
 213 pages  * $14.00 * ISBN-13: 978-08050-9016-1