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General Information

Name:  Francis Fukuyama  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois

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Francis Fukuyama was born in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science.Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy. He is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005.

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Titles At Your Library

End of History and the Last Man
ISBN: 0241130131

Free Press. 1992

In 1989, Francis Fukuyama began an explosive debate about the future of the world in the post-Cold War era with an article entitled `The End of History and the Last Man'. This seminal book expands on his original work to address the fundamental and far-reaching themes of the new millennium. The result is nothing short of an historical and philosophical primer for the onslaught of the 21st century.`In the mastery and scope of its case, `The End of History and the Last Man' may be seen as the first book of the post-Marxist millennium - the first work fully to fathom the depth and range of the changes now sweeping through the world' George Gilder, the Washington Post.

Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity
ISBN: 0029109760

Free Press. 1995

The author of the best-selling book The End of History explains the relationship between culture and economics and predicts which countries will win the ongoing battle for economic dominance. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order
ISBN: 068484530X

Free Press. 1999

Francis Fukuyama is one of America's most astute and original thinkers, and his books have opened new perspectives on the changing world around us. In The End of History and the Last Man, he was the first to glimpse the emerging shape of the post-Cold War world. In Trust, he analyzed the social factors that create prosperity and explored how they can best be harnessed. Now, in his most provocative and far-reaching book, Fukuyama turns his attention to even more fundamental questions about the nature of modern society. The Great Disruption begins by observing that over the past thirty years, the United States and other developed countries have undergone a profound transformation from industrial to information societies knowledge has replaced mass production as the basis of wealth, power, and social interaction. At the same time Western societies have endured increasing levels of crime, massive changes in fertility and family structure, decreasing levels of trust, and the triumph of individualism over community. Just as the Industrial Revolution brought about momentous changes in society's moral values, a similar Great Disruption in our own time has caused profound changes in our social structure. Drawing on the latest sociological data and new theoretical models from fields as diverse as economics and biology, Fukuyama reveals that even though the old order has broken apart, a new social order is already taking shape. Part of human nature, he shows, is the fact that we are all biologically hard wired to forge bonds with one another, creating social cohesion in new and adaptive forms, not only in our neighborhoods but also in our business organizations and family structures. Indeed, he suggests, the Great Disruption of the 1960s and 1970s may be giving way to a Great Reconstruction, as Western society weaves a new fabric of social and moral values appropriate to the changed realities of the postindustrial world. The cycle of disruption and reconstruction is a familiar one in human history, and in pointing us toward the future, Francis Fukuyama challenges our assumptions about society and culture and opens up a new world of possibility. Breathtaking in its scope, The Great Disruption is an indispensable guide for how to think about the millennium about to dawn.

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution
ISBN: 0756795893

Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2000

Arguing that the greatest advances still to come will be in the life sciences, Fukuyama asks how the ability to modify human behavior will affect liberal democracy. He underlines man s changing understanding of human nature through history: from Plato & Aristotle s belief that man had natural ends to the ideals of utopians & dictators of the modern age who sought to remake mankind for ideological ends. The ultimate prize of the biotechnology revolution -- intervention in the germ line, the ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person s descendants -- will have profound, & potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken by ordinary parents seeking to improve their children.

State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century
ISBN: 0801442923

Cornell University Press. 2004

Francis Fukuyama famously predicted "the end of history" with the ascendancy of liberal democracy and global capitalism. The topic of his latest book is, therefore, surprising: the building of new nation-states.

The end of history was never an automatic procedure, Fukuyama argues, and the well-governed polity was always its necessary precondition. "Weak or failed states are the source of many of the world's most serious problems," he believes. He traces what we know―and more often don't know―about how to transfer functioning public institutions to developing countries in ways that will leave something of permanent benefit to the citizens of the countries concerned. These are important lessons, especially as the United States wrestles with its responsibilities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

Fukuyama begins State-Building with an account of the broad importance of "stateness." He rejects the notion that there can be a science of public administration, and discusses the causes of contemporary state weakness. He ends the book with a discussion of the consequences of weak states for international order, and the grounds on which the international community may legitimately intervene to prop them up.

America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy
ISBN: 0300113994

Yale University Press. 2006

Francis Fukuyama’s criticism of the Iraq war put him at odds with neoconservative friends both within and outside the Bush administration. Here he explains how, in its decision to invade Iraq, the Bush administration failed in its stewardship of American foreign policy. First, the administration wrongly made preventive war the central tenet of its foreign policy. In addition, it badly misjudged the global reaction to its exercise of “benevolent hegemony.” And finally, it failed to appreciate the difficulties involved in large-scale social engineering, grossly underestimating the difficulties involved in establishing a successful democratic government in Iraq.
Fukuyama explores the contention by the Bush administration’s critics that it had a neoconservative agenda that dictated its foreign policy during the president’s first term. Providing a fascinating history of the varied strands of neoconservative thought since the 1930s, Fukuyama argues that the movement’s legacy is a complex one that can be interpreted quite differently than it was after the end of the Cold War. Analyzing the Bush administration’s miscalculations in responding to the post–September 11 challenge, Fukuyama proposes a new approach to American foreign policy through which such mistakes might be turned around—one in which the positive aspects of the neoconservative legacy are joined with a more realistic view of the way American power can be used around the world.