A short history of American empire: Jeff Faux reviews The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer. The introduction to Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015 by Melvyn P. Leffler. Writing the untold history of American imperial power: An excerpt from In the Shadows of the American Century by Alfred W. McCoy. Globally, more people see U.S. power and influence as a major threat. Malign intervention: An unpopular hegemon retreats. Americas imperial unraveling: Could Trump’s repudiation of the Iran Deal be the beginning of the end of U.S. hegemony abroad? Why the fall of the American empire will come by 2030.