San Diego International Law Journal

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Book Review


Kissinger rightly praises president Bush's call for America to act with humility on the world stage. After an era of triumphalism and arrogance that characterized our conduct of foreign policy in the 1980's and 90's, with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright memorably referring to America as the indispensable nation, a tone of humility is clearly in order. More so now that some of the hatred aimed at this country can be traced to such callousness felt in the Islamic World and the Third World. Although much of this book's impact may have been undermined by the unforeseeable terrorist attacks against us, these final thoughts remain salient, and may in fact prove the most precious to emerge from this work.