God and Gold

God and Gold

Walter Mead

3.23.2008

Walter Mead

Walter Mead is the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and one of the country’s leading students of American foreign policy. His most recent book, "God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World" is a major study of 400 years of conflict between Anglophone powers and rivals ranging from absolute monarchies like Spain and France through Communist and Fascist enemies in the twentieth century to al-Qaeda today.

Foreign policy expert Walter Mead discusses his book, "God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World" an illuminating account of the birth and rise of the global political and economic system that led the governments and societies of England and the United States. Mead analyzes the historical circumstances of religion and ideology that helped create a culture uniquely adapted to capitalism, a system under which both countries thrived. He shows how, as a result, the nations were able to create a liberal, democratic system whose economic and social influence continues to grow around the world.