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User Review  - brleach - LibraryThing

Mearsheimer's writing is extremely clear and his arguments are assertively made. However, he cherry-picks from the historical record and distorts even the examples he chooses to make his point. Even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Oceanwings07 - LibraryThing

Mearsheimer takes the "offensive realist" approach, that in an unstable, anarchic world, countries will do what is necessary to a. maintain the balance of power, and b. gain any additional power they ... Read full review

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User Review  - awils1 - LibraryThing

If only it were that simple - checks and balances leading to feelings of oppression and eventual power-play. A worthy read, but definitely not the only answer. Read full review

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User Review  - jcvogan1 - LibraryThing

Very clearly written, almost too much so. Argues that the international system is inherently unstable do to constant quest for power, which is driven by survival instinct and fear of other states ... Read full review

The tragedy of Great Power politics

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Mearsheimer (political science, Univ. of Chicago), an articulate spokesman for the realist school of international politics, here serves up a theory dubbed "offensive realism." Because of the anarchic ... Read full review

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I fall in love with this book. Mearsheimer, you are a great writer. Wonderful logic and the arguments.

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Mearsheimer, in this monumental work, outlined his theory of realism. Drawing from examples of the United States' behavior towards rising powers in other regions, Mearsheimer argued that, the common pattern was the active and deliberate preemption of these would-be powers' rise to prominence, hence securing the predominance of the United States. His view of aggressive power-seeking power informs the preemption of China's rise by a coalition of balancing states. This book resonates strongly with Mearsheimer's earlier works, and is a must-read for realist researchers. 

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