Bound to Lead

The Changing Nature Of American Power

Hardcover, 307 pages

English language

Published Jan. 1, 1990 by Basic Books.

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Is America still Number 1? A leading scholar of international politics and former State Department official takes issue with Paul Kennedy and others and clearly demonstrates that the United States is still the dominant world power, with no challenger in sight. But analogies about decline only divert policy makers from creating effective strategies for the future, says Nye. The nature of power has changed. The real-and unprecedented-challenge is managing the transition to growing global interdependence.

3 editions


  • United States
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • World politics
  • Geopolitics
  • Diplomatic relations
  • China