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Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope (American Empire Project) Hardcover – August 17, 2010
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—Jonathan Freedland, The New York Review of Books
“The role of the prophet is an honorable one. In Chalmers Johnson the American empire has found its Jeremiah. He deserves to be heard.”
—Andrew J. Bacevich, The Washington Post Book World
—The Los Angeles Times (on Nemesis)
—The Boston Globe (on The Sorrows of Empire)
“Stunning and shocking. . . Blowback is a wake-up call for America.”
—John Dower, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embracing Defeat
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The 2008 Pentagon inventory includes 190,000 troops in 46 nations and territories, and 865 facilities in more than 40 countries and overseas U.S. territories. In just Japan, we have 99,295 connected to U.S. forces living there. The only purpose is to provide control over as many nations as possible. Britain, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Japan have given up their empires, and we should too. Per Nick Turse ('The Complex: How the Military Invades our Everyday Lives') we could net $2.6 billion selling our base assets at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and another $2.2 billion for Guantanamo Bay - just two of those facilities. The Pentagon also has 234 golf courses around the world, 70 Lear Jet airplanes for generals and admirals, a ski resort in the Bavarian Alps.
Meanwhile, we continue trying to pacify Afghanistan, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Britain and the Soviet Union previously failed. Even Pakistan cannot command the Pashtun tribes in its own area; worse yet, its army trains Taliban fighters in suicide attacks and orders them to fight American and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, while extorting huge amounts of money from Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf emirates, and the U.S. to train 'freedom fighters.Read more ›
Chalmers has the catchiest book titles: Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire; The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic; Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic; and now Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope. His stature as an author, critic of U.S. foreign policy and declinist has grown with his audience.
In summary, Chalmers presents a well-researched and well-reasoned argument that the U.S. has to urgently scale back its commitments around the world, including withdrawal from military bases abroad, to save its democracy. The alternative appears to be bankruptcy and some form of dictatorship. It's not difficult to imagine either when listening to Chalmers' calm presentation of the facts.
Retreat from any type of venture is never easy. Yet Chalmers is calling on the U.S. to retreat from Empire. The listener would have benefited from examples of empires that deliberately and methodically scaled down - if for no other reason than to be assured it is possible. Observance of current events does not provide encouragement that any of Chalmers' recommendations will be followed.
I recommend this book not because there is any likelihood that policy will be informed by it, but because it may help prepare the listener/reader for what lies ahead. The arguments presented herein can't hurt you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have not read CJ's Blowback trilogy but will now.
Essays range from 2004 to 2009. Thoroughly researched. Polemical, but not in a way that makes for bloated prose. Read more
Five ENGROSSING Stars! In this series of 2010 essays, author, historian, and political commentator Chalmers Johnson (Blowback, Second Edition: The Costs and Consequences of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RBSProds
this book may have been written a little while ago; for current event stuff, anyway, but the main message is becoming ever more pertinent, as the military-industrial complex... Read morePublished 7 months ago by james shea
Chalmer Johnson is a treasure of curernt U.S. History. Re read it for today's understanding and speculation of what is happening.Published 8 months ago by Max T. Nigh
It is the book of the decade. It should be required reading for every US citizenPublished 9 months ago by Suzanne Cannon
Five ENGROSSING Stars!! This is Andrew J Bacevich's outstanding, deeply-researched, hard-hitting work of scholarship, assessing America's national and foreign policies as well as... Read morePublished 12 months ago by RBSProds
One of the best and more honest appraisals of our nation's status.Published 15 months ago by Ray Miller