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Overview

Taking an in-depth look at the United States government, this landmark work demonstrates why the United States should be considered an empire and how this is contrary to the ideals of both conservatives and liberals and to the very principles on which the United States was built. Through a detailed examination of U.S. foreign policy over the last century up through the Bush administration's policies in the Middle East and elsewhere, this work explores how rampant imperialism has threatened U.S. security, strained U.S. relations with the rest of the world, and curtailed American civil liberties at home. Examining the similar signs in the current state of affairs that have marked the decline of other great powers throughout history, a case is made for the dismantling of the American empire and a return to the mode of military restraint traditional to American foreign policy. This book is a chilling insight into the direction the United States has taken and, if its interventionist policies continue, the direction it will take in years to come.
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Andrew J. Bacevich
The Empire Has No Clothes offers a powerful and persuasive critique of recent U. S. foreign policy. It deserves the thoughtful attention of conservatives and liberals alike-indeed, of all Americans disturbed by the imperial pretensions evident in Washington since the end of the Cold War.
Chalmers Johnson
The Empire Has No Clothes is a comprehensive history of American imperialism, including a balanced treatment of various schools and definitions of imperialism as used by scholars, politicians, and pundits.... [It] should greatly influence the debate in this country about how to restore a Constitutional foreign policy. Read this book.
Edward A. Olsen
Think a U.S. empire is desirable and viable? Read Ivan Eland's highly insightful, essential book and you will change your mind.
Edward L. Peck
Ivan Eland's new book is a scholarly, compelling and provocative study of where we are, how we got here, and the dangers inherent in the aggressive, imperialist policies we are implementing. It is impressively lucid, filled with careful research, rational analysis and highly insightful commentary, certain to satisfy concerned readers across the political spectrum.
Harvey M. Sapolsky
This book is the sobering antidote for the imperial wine that has impaired the judgment of American politicians, Republican and Democrats alike, since the end of the Cold War.
John J. Mearsheimer
Ivan Eland said that Iraq would be a debacle before the war began. In his terrific new book, he explains in detail why Iraq and the pursuit of empire will make the United States less safe in the years ahead. Hopefully, more Americans will listen to him now-before we get ourselves into even more trouble at home and abroad.
Lawrence J. Korb
Dr. Eland makes a persuasive case that current U.S. national security policy is contrary to the principles of both liberals and conservatives and is actually undermining our security and civil liberties.
Llyod C. Gardner
Focusing on the post-Cold War period, Eland brings together the American actions in Kosovo and Gulf War I & II in a discussion of the ways in which our 'nation-building' has become a new form of empire. And what was disastrous for other ambitious world powers going back to Rome, he suggests, will fall upon us-sooner than we think. The heart of the book, moreover, are the chapters showing how both liberals and conservatives need to rethink their positions, and join in an effort to challenge the empire on grounds of self-interest. It is a great book!
Paul M. Kennedy
The Empire Has No Clothes is an extremely sensible book. I agree with Eland's argument, though I doubt if it will be much appreciated by Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Perle.
Richard Betts
Victory in the Cold War eliminated the danger that another superpower or ideology could take over the rest of the world. Yet the United States still tries to run the world as much as it ever did. Eland's book is a sober, hard-hitting critique of this anomaly and a cogent brief for why liberals and conservatives together should reject an imperial role for America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945999980
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction : history of the U.S. empire 1
Ch. 2 Does the United States really have an empire? 21
Ch. 3 Why conservatives should be against empire 53
Ch. 4 Why liberals should be against empire 119
Ch. 5 Why all Americans should be against empire 183
Ch. 6 An appropriate foreign policy for the modern age 217
Ch. 7 Conclusion 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    A Must Read!!

    For those of you who really want a comprehensive and truthful look at the recent history of American foreign policy, this is the book to read. Eland astutely recognizes and elaborates upon the role that American policy and international 'meddling' have played in contributing to the current global climate of terrorism that we find ourselves in. He argues among other things, that since World War One, both Democratic and Republican administrations alike are responsible for the current context by way of their Imperialist or de Facto Imperialist policies- the only difference being the methods and jargon used to employ them. Eland further correctly points out the cost in blood, fortune, and international standing that these policies are having on America's security and the grim possibilities for the future should they continue unabated. America's leaders must recognize and and humbly reign in their imperialist aspirations or ultimately risk going the way of previous empires before it....

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