Of Paradise and Power
|Subject||Euro-American relations, Foreign policy of the United States|
|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|
Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order is an essay by Robert Kagan which attempts to explicate the differing approaches that the United States and the nations of Europe take towards the conduct of foreign policy. Kagan argues that the two have different philosophical outlooks on the use of power, which are the natural consequence of the United States' possession of power and the Europeans' lack of it.
Initially published in Policy Review magazine, the essay was widely read and the subject of extensive debate and commentary in both America and Europe. In terms of its impact, it was compared by reviewers to Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man, Samuel P. Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations, and even George Kennan's X Article.
Of Paradise and Power was a bestseller in multiple countries. It was a New York Times bestseller for ten weeks. It was also a bestseller in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada. It has been translated into more than 25 languages.
- Schemann, Serge (2003-03-30). "Some are Cooks, Some Are Dishwashers". New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- "Robert Kagan - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace". carnegieendowment.org. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- G. John Ikenberry, Reviewed work(s): Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order by Robert Kagan, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 82, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 2003), pp. 145–146, Published by: Council on Foreign Relations, Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/20033516
- Tod Lindberg, ed. (2004-11-10). Beyond Paradise and Power. Routledge. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-415-95050-3.
- Booknotes interview with Kagan on Of Paradise and Power, February 16, 2003.
- Power and Weakness by Robert Kagan
- Of Paradise and Power by Robert Kagan