The Pursuit of Dominance: 2000 Years of Superpower Grand Strategy


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.47 X 9.32 X 1.08 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher J. Fettweis is Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. He is the author of Losing Hurts Twice as Bad (2008), Dangerous Times? (2010), The Pathologies of Power (2013); and Psychology of a Superpower (2018).


There is a pressing need for a book on grand strategy that compares Western and non-Western cases historically, and that can be assigned to students. This book fills that gap nicely. Fettweis obviously knows the literature on grand strategy. He offers a crisp, opinionated, up-to-date, well-organized summary of what grand strategy is, and why it matters. The book is entirely readable and accessible and does not obsess over theory or jargon, yet it makes a serious contribution. -- Colin Dueck, Professor of Political Science, George Mason University, and author of Age of Iron and Hard Line

The Pursuit of Dominance deals with an important subject in an interesting way, comes up with some crisp and salutary lessons and observations, and is written in an engagingly wry style. Fettweis has picked a sensible set of plausible historical cases to examine and his discussion of them is lively and insightful, sometimes demonstrating how profoundly things have changed. -- John Mueller, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Ohio State University, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and author of Atomic Obsession and The Stupidity of War