Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope

Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope

by Chalmers Johnson
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Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers Johnson

From the author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy, an urgent call to confront America's waning power

In his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home. Now, in a brilliant series of essays written over the last three years, Johnson measures that price and the resulting dangers America faces. Our reliance on Pentagon economics, a global empire of bases, and war without end is, he declares, nothing short of "a suicide option."

Dismantling the Empire explores the subjects for which Johnson is now famous, from the origins of blowback to Barack Obama's Afghanistan conundrum, including our inept spies, bad behavior in other countries, ill-fought wars, and capitulation to a military that has taken ever more control of the federal budget. There is, he proposes, only one way out: President Obama must begin to dismantle America's empire of bases before the Pentagon dismantles the American dream. If we do not learn from the fates of past empires, he suggests, our decline and fall are foreordained. This is Johnson at his best: delivering both a warning and a crucial prescription for a remedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805094237
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: American Empire Project Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 475,167
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is the author of the bestselling books Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis, which make up his Blowback Trilogy. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, and TomDispatch.com.

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IowaBerry More than 1 year ago
If you're concerned about the federal budget deficit and our burgeoning national debt, why is it we hear so little about the need to cut back on wasteful, superfluous, pork-barrell military spending? It's the biggest scam around and it will ultimately bankrupt us. Chalmers Johnson has the numbers and the historical analysis to prove it.
Kipster More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, as was "Blowback". Anyone who cares at all about America's place in geo-politics must read this book. And, if you think you don't care, you WILL after the 3rd page. Get it, read it, share it!
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Paint1907 More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the most rdiculous books I've read...clearly a waste of money. Its nothing more than a childish rage by a clearly leftist hater of the US and its policies. Johnson spends most of his time in an immature rant, and provides little in the way of substantive information. For example Johnson, please advise, in your list of recommendations for dismantling the empire at the end of your book, how maintaining the higher tax rate on the rich contributes to reducing US military and other presence around the globe,, which is the thrust of your book. Unfortunately, Johnson's screed maintains the impression of UC Berkeley educators generally held around the country, that being out of touch, liberal elitists without any real understanding of what really goes on in the world. This is probably not the true picture for many educators there, but Johnson doesn't help matters. This book is ridiculous. There are much more legitimate writers on this subject out here.....