World Affairs Councils Podcast

Cover to Cover: Andrew Bacevich on “The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory”

January 17, 2020

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.