LaFeber, Walter. “Liberty and Power: U.S. Diplomatic History, 1750-1945.” in The New American History: Revised and Expanded Edition. ed Eric Foner. Philadelphia, Temple University Press: 1997. 375-394.
Walter LaFeber discusses how America had transformed into the national superpower by 1945. He discusses many books that deal with the realist perspective and also the idealist perspective of the events occurring between 1750 and 1945. Also, LaFeber gives a chronological overview of the time period. In both the interpretive overview and chronological overview LaFeber discusses different criticisms to each argument. At the end he states two topics that scholars have been researching recently and why they are so important.