God and Gold

God and Gold

Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

By Walter Russell Mead

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375713736, 449pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2008

A stunningly insightful account of the global political and economic system, sustained first by Britain and now by America, that has created the modern world.
The key to the two countries' predominance, Mead argues, lies in the individualistic ideology inherent in the Anglo-American religion. Over the years Britain and America's liberal democratic system has been repeatedly challeged by Catholic Spain and Louis XIV, the Nazis, communists, and Al Qaeda and for the most part, it has prevailed. But the current conflicts in the Middle East threaten to change that record unless we foster a deeper understanding of the conflicts between the liberal world system and its foes.

About the Author
Walter Russell Mead is the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a regular book reviewer for "Foreign Affairs," a member of the editorial board of "The American Interest," and a founding board member of the New America Foundation. He has written frequently for "The New York Times," "The" "Washington Post," and "Esquire," His books include "Special Providence," which won the Lionel Gelber Award ("the world's most important prize for nonfiction" --"The Economist") in 2002, and "Power, Terror, Peace, and War," He lives in New York City.

Praise For God and Gold

“A serious rethinking of how we study and write modern history—and of how the West pursues its relationship with the Rest.” —The Washington Post Book World “Clever, malevolent and with spare time on his hands, Osama bin Laden is supposed to read a lot. If the CIA wants to demoralize and to distract him, it might make sure he gets a copy of Walter Russell Mead's new book.” —The Economist “Elegantly written and erudite.” —The Baltimore Sun“A thrilling read.” —The Irish Times “Mead is a scintillating writer who greatly adds to the gaiety of the often monotonous debate on U.S. foreign policy.” —Financial Times