London Review of Books winter lectures
Adam Tooze on 'Defying Gravity': American power in the long 20th century

Friday 22 February 2019,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £10
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The history of American power, as it is commonly written, is a weighty subject, a matter of military and economic heft, of ‘throw-weight’, of resource mobilisation and material culture, of ‘boots on the ground’.

Adam Tooze will examine an alternative, counter-intuitive vision of America, as a power defying gravity. This image gives us a less materialistic, more fantastical and more unstable vision of America’s role in the world.

Adam Tooze teaches history at Columbia University and is the author of four books including Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World.

This lecture is presented in collaboration with the London Review of Books.

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Adam Tooze. Photo: LRB