The Globe and Mail has examined the scope and impact of the power of the United States. In a week-long series of articles, its correspondents have examined why the country is where it is, how it wields its power, what the American world means today.
A seven-part study of history's most powerful empire
Saturday, Oct. 21: Planet America Bonus
Why we love New York
In his new book, JEFFREY SIMPSON talks to Canadians drawn to the Big Apple and finds them simultaneously star-struck and torn
By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Every morning, Audrey Regan awakes to the thrill of New York City.''New York is Frank Sinatra. It's Ava Gardner. It's Kim Novak. I know where they lived. It's like a total charge. I wake up every day and think I'm on vacation. . . . I've met the most fascinating people.''
Friday, Oct. 20: Military
'The tip of the spear
Does any challenger stand a chance against the firepower of the United States? MIRO CERNETIG sails the Sea of Japan aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, the centrepiece of the Seventh Fleet, and concludes that not only would the other side lose, it wouldn't even be a fair fight
By MIRO CERNETIG
First, a vague rumble permeates from somewhere above, powerful enough to penetrate five steel bulkheads, each 2.5 centimetres thick.
Thursday, Oct. 19: Business
One store fits all
Six years ago, a giant U.S. retailer looked north and decided to get serious about foreign expansion. The Canadian gambit did the trick. BARRIE MCKENNA visits Wal-Mart HQ in Bentonville, Ark., and finds the new target is global domination
By BARRIE MCKENNA
Inside the cavernous Wal-Mart distribution centre No. 6094, Greg Carpenter looks on proudly as a computerized camera mounted overhead scans a relentless stream of boxes racing down a conveyor belt.
Wednesday, Oct. 18: Science
The eureka formula
U.S. innovation is exploding because of an embarrassment of riches from government, the private sector and philanthropists. But it's not only money that is fuelling the boom, there's also the American drive to succeed, JOHN STACKHOUSE finds in Palo Alto, Calif.
By JOHN STACKHOUSE
From his medical lab basking in the California sun, Harvey Cohen does not have to look far to see science's new golden age, because everywhere one looks at Stanford University there is gold.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Culture
All the world's a screen
Hollywood used to consider foreign moviegoers almost an afterthought. No more. Marketing campaigns have gone global, and U.S. films dominate Top 10 lists virtually everywhere, arts correspondent DOUG SAUNDERS reports from Mexico City
By DOUG SAUNDERS
Their proud postures carved in granite, the national heroes gaze across lanes of busy traffic from their monument in the middle of a downtown square in Mexico City.Meeting their stares, with expressions no less resolute, are the eyes of a very different pair of heroes: Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, their ghostly faces framed in the walls of bus shelters ringing the square.
Monday, Oct. 16: Diplomacy
The dream merchants
They are Uncle Sam's brokers of democracy, peddling truth, freedom and the American way in the far corners of Earth. It's not always an easy sell, as Moscow correspondent GEOFFREY YORK learns in Azerbaijan.
By GEOFFREY YORK
Peter Van Praagh was just 28 when he was dispatched from Washington last year to plant the seeds of democracy in the barren soil of Azerbaijan.Like most Americans who have landed in this hot and dusty country in its feverish oil-boom days, he knew little of its history or politics. ''I thought I was walking into a spy thriller,'' he recalled, nursing an ice tea on an oppressively steamy night in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital. ''In fact, I was walking into a spy thriller. James Bond was here.''
Saturday, Oct. 14: Overview
The nation that makes the world go round
Love it or hate it, ANDREW COHEN explains, the United States has bounced back from the brink of economic ruin to become a commercial, scientific and military powerhouse. It is now so dominant that next month's presidential vote is, in effect, a coronation of the king of the world
By ANDREW COHEN
Part museum and part metaphor, Exploris calls itself ''the world's first global experience centre.'' Whatever that means, it suggests a marshalling of money and ambition to bring a sense of the world to an unlikely part of the world.
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