Miller applied the “Page 99 Test” to his new book, Armed State Building: Confronting State Failure, 1898–2012, and reported the following:
Page 99 of my book draws out lessons from the U.S. Interventions in Cuba from 1898 to 1909. It's a pretty good sample of how I try to apply my theory. But the heart of my book, which I hope any casual reader would skim, is chapters 3-5, where I develop a new definition of statehood, state failure, and state building. In my view, conventional views of statehood have been too shallow and one-dimensional. We have to appreciate the various aspects or dimensions of statehood, including security but also legitimacy, capacity, prosperity, and humanity. States can fail along any one of these dimensions, and thus strategies of state building must address the kind of state failure that has happened in failed states. Page 99 shows me trying to understand how and why the U.S. failed to do this in Cuba a century ago.Learn more about Armed State Building at the Cornell University Press website.
Writers Read: Paul D. Miller.