The United States is the most powerful nation in the world. This
volume examines the military history of the country and why such
a strong defense is so important.
Of course, being the strongest nation on earth brings with it
plenty of duties. The U.S. Armed Forces examines the
lengths to which the United States has gone to offer assistance
to neighboring and allied nations. Today, the United States,
along with other international bodies, helps to keep the peace
around the globe while defending its own borders and interests.
From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a
mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic
understood the importance of government. "If men were angels,"
observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be
necessary." But men are not angels.
The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the
Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a
strong central authority and to limit that centvul authority's
capacity to abuse its power.
The series YOUR GOVERNMENT: HOW IT WORKS provides an in-depth
examination of our government and its processes and makes clear
how our informed partici-pation is crucial to government's
serving both the individual and the American people as a
Other Books in the Your Government -- How it Works
The Attorney General's
The Central Intelligence
The Drug Enforcement
The Federal Bureau of
History of the Democrat
History of the Republican
History of Third
The House of
How a Bill is
How to Become an Elected
The Internal Revenue
The Secretary of
The Speaker of the House of
The Supreme Court
The U.S. Armed