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Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy 0th Edition

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Laurence H. Shoup received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1974. He has taught United States history at the university level. He continues writing books. William Minter is the editor of AfricaFocus Bulletin. He is the author of several books and many articles on African issues and U.S. policy.
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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Choice Press (July 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595324266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595324262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Shoup & Minter's devastating research on the planning behind the U.S. Empire is finally back in print 27 years after its 1977 publication by Monthly Review Press! The CFR, the Council on Foreign Relations, was formed by the international wing of U.S. capital after the League of Nations fell apart and inter-imperialist collaboration proved ineffective, leading to WWII. The farsighted few took measures to see that such a debacle did not recur. The CFR, the "imperial brain trust" of the title, carried out research concerning the optimal strategy for the U.S. in the war. They identified a minimum and maximum "Grand Area" that the U.S. needed to control, based on an assessment of factors including raw materials, and decided long before Pearl Harbor that the U.S. would need to control the Pacific Basin. War with Japan was the plan, with or without Pearl Harbor. Everything that happened in Europe was secondary to this consideration.

The CFR Grand Area planning team was imported wholesale into FDR's State Department -- it became the State Department and directed the war strategy. So the U.S. was not in the war to defend itself, or to fight for Freedom, or to liberate anyone, cherished propaganda to the contrary. The goal was to seize as big a chunk of the globe as possible along with its raw materials and markets. This proved quite successful, of course, and with a few pesky holdouts that were encircled and attacked with variations on containment and rollback over the years, the U.S. Empire replaced the 19th century British Empire, with an unprecedented military reach and military bases everywhere. Since 1945 the sun has never set on the American Empire.
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"Imperial Brain Trust" is one of the most authentic books I have read on this topic. As it was originally an acedamic thesis of the writer, beside it's convincing approach, it does not leave the reader wondering for resources, it gives all bibliographic details to check the sources and matters. Reading this book was a pleasure for me and I am fully agreed with the writers point of view.
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This is a MUST read for those wanting to understand the real power structure behind the United States government.

The authors provide an excellent historical overview of the Council on Foreign Relations and its original purpose, but the most important contribution that this analysis has to offer, is to reveal how the CFR not only influences but determines US foreign policy.

Through their extensive research the authors quote directly from CFR memorandums, publications and speeches, revealing many instances where the Councils own recommendations have become official government policy. While the Council on its own official website portrays itself as an 'independent, non-partisan think tank' it should be obvious after reading this book that it is far from 'independant' as many government officials have been active members of the CFR during their time in office.

For example, the authors list the key government decision makers on American Foreign Policy in South East Asia between 1940-1973 (p.246-247) and discover that of the 25 top decision makers, 18 of them were members of the CFR.

'But so what?' Some may reply. 'Surely the CFR is only doing what it thinks would be best for the national interest.'

And you see, this is where the problem lies. As the authors go on to explain, the interests of the lower classes differ wildly from those of the upper classes (the power elite). The CFR which embodies the upper classes, are concerned with policies that are most helpful in promoting their own interests.

This is why perpetual war has been the norm in American history, because those that are pushing for war stand to gain immensely.
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The book was a page turner ,the ideas and foresight how ever accurate or 180 degrees wrong... created U.S. foreign policy for 50 years unopposed. I 'm not sure if I feel reassured or frightened
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