In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globes lone superpower, then as reluctant sheriff, next as the indispensable nation, and, in the wake of 9/11, as a New Rome. In this important and bestselling book, Chalmers Johnson explores the new militarism that is transforming America and compelling its ...Read MoreIn the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globes lone superpower, then as reluctant sheriff, next as the indispensable nation, and, in the wake of 9/11, as a New Rome. In this important and bestselling book, Chalmers Johnson explores the new militarism that is transforming America and compelling its people to pick up the burden of empire.Read Less
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Outstanding. A good read on the state of American Impirealism
Jul 19, 2007
a must read
This book is a must read for anyone who thinks they know the United States and what we are all about. Well documented, but not your typical history book. Mr. Johnson answers the questions that we typically never ask, and asks questions that force us to reexamine ourselves as a nation. It puts the U.S. as an empire into historical context.
Jun 21, 2007
a real eye opener
this body works by chalmers johnson is a must read for everyone. i would highly reccomend it for anyone of voting age or about to vote in the upcoming election.please inform yourself . if you are a highschool history or current events teacher you owe it to your students to inform and disscuss this historical account of EMPERIALISM BY AND THROUGH YOUR GOVERNMENT. this book not only gives you an historical account of activities of your CIA it also gives you insight of reasons behind many of our political activities of the past.and future.
May 17, 2007
The remarkable story of USA's empire
A well documented objective appraiseal of the USA's global military involvement and its consequences.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-21 The title of this unbridled attack on the Bush administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks is ironic. It refers to President George W. Bush's off-the-cuff post-September 11 remark that the United States was about to embark upon "this crusade, this war on terrorism." A former Catholic priest, Carroll won a National Book Award for his brutally frank Vietnam War-era memoir, An American Requiem, and is a Boston Globe columnist. His latest book consists of 88 of his columns from September 15, 2001, to March 16, 2004. They are presented chronologically, for the most part, grouped into chapters with short introductions, and they amount to a stinging indictment. Carroll lobs verbal grenade after verbal grenade at the White House, attacking the president for what Carroll terms "coercive unilateralism." The Iraq war, Carroll said in a May 2003 column, "was a pack of lies, and Washington's war on terrorism is a cynical manipulation of fears." The president, Carroll says, "betrayed... the young men and women whom he so carelessly sent into harm's way." Carroll touches upon other aspects of national and world politics, including his opinion of the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ ("It is a lie. It is sick"), and the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, but the focus here is on the Iraq war. Agent, Don Cutler. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-08 In his prescient 2000 bestseller, Blowback, East Asia scholar Johnson predicted dire consequences for a U.S. foreign policy that had run roughshod over Asia. Now he joins a chorus of Bush critics in this provocative, detailed tour of what he sees as America's entrenched culture of militarism, its "private army" of special forces and its worldwide archipelago of military "colonies." According to Johnson, before a mute public and Congress, oil and arms barons have displaced the State Department, secretly creating "a military juggernaut intent on world domination" and are exercising "preemptive intervention" for "oil, Israel, and... to fulfill our self-perceived destiny as a New Rome." Johnson admits that Bill Clinton, who disguised his policies as globalization, was a "much more effective imperialist," but most of the book assails "the boy emperor" Bush and his cronies with one of the most startling and engrossing accounts of exotic defense capabilities, operations and spending in print, though these assertions are not new and not always assiduously sourced. Fans of Blowback will be pleased despite Johnson's lack of remedies other than "a revolution" in which "the people could retake control of Congress... and cut off the supply of money to the Pentagon." (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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