Alfred W. McCoy
The United States’ rise to global power post World War II (and the decline of American power in the decades since) is the subject of historian Alfred McCoy’s book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power (Haymarket Press)
"McCoy’s detailed, panoramic analysis of the past, present, and future of the American empire covers all spheres of activity including not just land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, but also the netherworld of covert operations--and seasons all of this with some fascinating personal vignettes...In the Shadows of the American Century joins the essential short list of scrupulous historical and comparative studies of the United States as an awesome, conflicted, technologically innovative, routinely atrocious, and ultimately hubristic imperial power."—John Dower.
Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His 2009 book, Policing America's Empire, won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.