I just finished reading America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy by Francis Fukuyama. Although I didn't agree with everything he said in the book, I did find his argument to be a reasoned one and well supported. Although much of the book focused on a criticism of the Iraq war, I found the most interesting and valuable part of the book to be the parts that talk about how the United States (and developed world) can and should go about influencing the world and moving it towards a more positive, ethical, and moral place to live. This will require the promotion of democracy, but not necessarily as a quick and necessary condition. The acceptance of sovereign states, and the encouragement and support of a wide assortment of varied organizations to control, encourage, support and influence positive change, are all parts of Fukuyama's argument. He's asking Americans to be patient with change, to use soft power and influence rather than hard power. He makes a great argument for a foreign policy that would be able to deal with the widespread antiAmericanism that has spread after the Iraq war. Overall I think the book is well worth reading if you wonder what America and the world should do in order to deal with terrorism, dictatorships, extremist governments, discrimination against females (and other minorities) and other such threats and conditions of unfairness. In short it provides a short outline of a balanced foreign policy direction. It's a quick read and helps make sense of the world post WWII.
For the record I'm non-partisan though I lean more Democrat than Republican at this time. I'm also a Canadian, living in Canada, but I have spent a fair bit of time in the USA.