As a pleasant diversion from the travails of The End of the American Century, I have created a new blog "The World's Most Beautiful Music" to debate and discuss this question: what is the most beautiful piece of symphonic music ever created in each country of the world? We've started out with the United States (Gershwin, Copland or Barber?), China, Zimbabwe and--the toughest one of all--Germany (Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Wagner...or Mozart [is he German?]). Join the conversation, offer your suggestions, and vote!
Is This The End of the American Century?
This site features updates, analysis, discussion and comments related to the theme of my book published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2008 (hardbound) and 2009 (paperbound).
The End of the American Century documents the interrelated dimensions of American social, economic, political and international decline, marking the end of a period of economic affluence and world dominance that began with World War II. The war on terror and the Iraq War exacerbated American domestic weakness and malaise, and its image and stature in the world community. Dynamic economic and political powers like China and the European Union are steadily challenging and eroding US global influence. This global shift will require substantial adjustments for U.S. citizens and leaders alike.