History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.4 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Bruno Maçães is a non-resident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a senior advisor at Flint Global and a senior fellow at Renmin University of China. Formerly Portugal's Europe minister (2013-15), he has been a regular commentator for CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera, and has written for The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Foreign Affairs. He is also the author of Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order and The Dawn of Eurasia. He lives in Istanbul.


"The book is a fascinating survey of the decline and possible rise of the American empire. We may still believe in the liberal values that have guided Western politics since 1945, but they are now, Mr. Ma, c aes argues, "true in a different way." -- Dominic Green, Wall Street Journal"Bruno Maçães's History Has Begun has one big strength. The book does not sound like any of the other pundits, academics or bloggers who write about the US today, from left, right or centre." -Arjun Appadurai, The Wire
"Brilliant and wildly provocative, [Maçães] not so much turns history on its head, as inside out...a wonderfully contrarian essay on the future of world politics." -The Evening Standard
"There's no better man to guide us on the differences between Europe and America than Bruno Maçães... [History Has Begun] is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the country that invented itself-and the modern world." -The Sunday Times
"As a kind of counterpoint to his insightful books on the rise of Eurasia and China's One Belt One Road initiative, Bruno Maçães has written an absorbing, ruminative essay on the United States. Whereas his exploration of Eurasia was a true journey over that vast landmass, here he encounters America in his library and his imagination. Between Europe, oppressed by history, and China, intoxicated by technology, the United States still offers some hope of reconciling power and liberty." -Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and author of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire and The Square and the Tower
"Bruno Maçães gives us the special gift of charting a future for the United States and the world that may be very different, and quite possibly much better, than what we expect." -Marc Andreessen, entrepreneur, investor and cofounder of Netscape
"This insightful book makes bold and counterintuitive arguments. The international system is poised for the flourishing of cultural and political diversity among nation states. At the same time, this can and should be another American Century. This round requires the United States creatively to remake itself inside and out." -Kiron K. Skinner, Former Director of the Office of Policy Planning, Department of State
"An erudite, thought-provoking exploration of how the world is affected by a post-truth America, an America where the line between reality and entertainment is no longer discernible, and where the hallowed concept of the 'West' is losing its meaning." -Yaroslav Trofimov, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Wall Street Journal