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After the Empire

The Breakdown of the American Order

By Emmanuel Todd, Translated by C. Jon Delogu, Foreword by Michael Lind

About the Book

After the Empire is a provocative and sobering look at America's changing role on the global stage. Emmanuel Todd uses demographic and economic factors to diagnose America's waning hegemony, offering a compelling reevaluation of its status as a superpower. Burdened by enormous domestic and foreign trade deficits, the declining value of the U.S. dollar, the unanticipated bankruptcy of several prominent companies, and the fact that it can no longer subsist on its own production, America is becoming ever more dependent on foreign money. And as it continues to anger foreign allies and enemies alike with its military and ideological policies, America is beginning to experience a resistance to its unilateralism. A critically acclaimed, international best-seller, After the Empire is an urgent appeal for America to return to its role as a democratic, productive, and cooperative member of the global community.

About the Author

Emmanuel Todd is a researcher at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies. He is the author of numerous books, including The Final Fall: An Essay on the Decomposition of the Soviet Sphere and The Making of Modern France: Ideology, Politics, and Culture.

C. Jon Delogu is a full professor of English at the Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III.

Michael Lind is the Whitehead Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics and, with Ted Halstead, The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics.


"[Todd] has written what may be the most important work since Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man... Already a best-seller in Europe, this book is destined to be much talked about and analyzed." -- Booklist