A collection of Will's Washington Post syndicated columns from the past four years. The ""American idea,"" Will says; is thriving overseas but is ""less than triumphal"" in its homeland. The first batch of columns here--arranged thematically--covers the history and status of American-inspired freedom and democracy in other lands, explored with Will's customary passion and wit. The second batch, of a darker hue, explores topics as diverse as George Bush (the ""pastel president"") and the Rolling Stones (""When in blasting overdrive. . .Mick Jagger looks alarmingly invertebrate, like an eel being electrocuted"")--all warning bells, Will finds, of a moral turpitude creeping over our land. For barbed, moral, conservative political commentary, Will has few peers--as this excellent roundup attests.