Rule, Britannia?

Walter Rusell Mead glosses over British history in God and Gold; Brendan Simms paints a clearer picture in Three Victories and a Defeat.

Issue: May-June 2008

Walter Russell Mead, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (New York: Knopf, 2007), 464 pp., $27.95.

Brendan Simms, Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783 (London: Allen Lane, 2007), 832 pp., £30.00.


ALL THREE presidential candidates agree on the need to restore America's position in the world. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) says "America must remain a preeminent leader for peace and freedom." Her rival Barack Obama (D-IL) pledges that he will "lead the world to combat the common threats of the twenty-first century." John McCain (R-AZ) ritually evokes Ronald Reagan and urges the United States to accept its responsibility as "the last best hope of man on earth."

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