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For decades "imperialism" was a dirty word, and all talk of empire seemed old-fashioned. Now some people say a new empire has emerged the American Empire. But is America's unrivaled power good for the world? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the debate over American supremacy. Also, a look back at the British Empire's great icon, Rudyard Kipling.
Max Boot is an editor at the Wall Street Journal. He tells Jim Fleming that the United States is the most powerful state that's ever existed, and that sometimes it's a good and necessary thing to take unilateral action against tyrants. His book is "The Savage Wars of Peace." Also, Tariq Ali is editor of the New Left Review and author of "The Clash of Fundamentalisms." He tells Steve Paulson why many other countries view the actions of the American government as arrogant and imperialistic.
David Gilmour has written a biography of the great British writer Rudyard Kipling. Gilmour tells Anne Strainchamps that Kipling's range is unrivaled and that he was tremendously influential early in the 20th century. His reputation has been hurt by people's changing attitudes towards empire. Gilmour's book is called "The Great Recessional." Also, historian Jeremy Black talks with Steve Paulson about James Bond as an agent of the British Empire. He says Bond's adventures are often set in former British colonies, and that Bond is often portrayed as superior to his American CIA colleagues, although he envies their resources. Black is the author of "The Politics of James Bond."
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Pagan Kennedy is the author of "Black Livingstone," a biography of 19th century Black American missionary William Sheppard. Sheppard was welcomed in parts of Africa never before seen by a Westerner and witnessed the horrors of Belgian colonialism in the Congo. He tried to stop the slaughter and exploitation but was limited by the prejudice of his day against Blacks.
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