Cover to Cover: Andrew Bacevich on “The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory”
Andrew Bacevich, President of the Quincy Institute and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, on his new book: The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.
When the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Washington establishment felt it had prevailed in a world-historical struggle. History, having brought the United States to the very summit of power and prestige, had validated American-style liberal democratic capitalism as universally applicable. Listen to the conversation with Andrew Bacevich as he explains how, within a quarter of a century, the United States ended up with gaping inequality, permanent war, moral confusion, and an increasingly angry and alienated population, as well, of course, as the strangest president in American history.