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George Soros to launch book on American supremacy at LSE

George Soros celebrates the launch of his new book The Bubble of American Supremacy: correcting the misuse of American power [Orion, 2004] with a debate on American supremacy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 29 January.

Professor Mary Kaldor, Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE, will act as discussant, and Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair the event.

George Soros is chairman of the Soros Fund Management LLC, chairman of the Open Society Institute and the founder of a network of philanthropic organisations active in more than 50 countries. In 2003, the Soros foundations network spent US$474 million to support projects in education, public health, civil society development and many other areas; in 2004 this figure is expected to remain at a similar level. He graduated from LSE in 1952, having been heavily influenced by the LSE academic Karl Popper. Mr Soros is the author of eight books.

The Bubble of American Supremacy: correcting the misuse of American power is on Thursday 29 January at 2.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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Notes

This event marks the launch of George Soros's new book, The Bubble of American Supremacy: correcting the misuse of American power [Orion, 2004].

Reviews
Nobel Laureate in Economics Joseph Stiglitz: 'A spirited, polemical book from a man who wants passionately to defend American values from the threat of the careless arrogance embodied by the Bush Administration. George Soros brilliantly demonstrates how the mechanisms that have made us strong - market capitalism, the rule of law, and our moral authority - are at risk from the supremacist attitudes of some in Washington. This is a timely, urgent, essential critique, offering a necessary corrective to prevent a catastrophic collapse of American global influence.'

The Honorable Richard Holbrooke: 'George Soros says that 'if we re-elect Bush in 2004 we endorse the Bush Doctrine and we will have to live with the consequences... 2004 is not an ordinary election.' He is absolutely right. In his speech today at the Carnegie Endowment and in greater detail in his new book he lays out a compelling case for putting foreign policy at the centre of the forthcoming election and making Americans aware of how enormous the stakes are for our nation and the world.'

Jeffrey Sachs, president of the Earth Institute: 'Soros has written a trenchant and important essay. Not only is George Bush's foreign policy misjudged, but global perceptions of America's power have the makings of a bubble as well. Applying his uncanny ability, proved over decades, to spot the gaps between flights of fancy and long-term underlying values, Soros offers an important warning about the dangers of basing US foreign policy on a wildly exaggerated perception of US unilateral power, not to mention on a serious misdiagnosis of America's long-term interests.'

23 January 2004

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