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The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle against U.S. Military Posts Paperback – March 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0814752449 ISBN-10: 0814752446

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814752446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814752449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A real contribution to the study of the American empire of bases. . . This book is an antidote to parochialsim."-Truthdig,

"These fascinating case studies provide a powerful assessment of the worldwide network of U.S. military bases and the burgeoning anti-base campaign, and analyze the changing nature of empire building and the re-mapping of the sociopolitical terrain within the context of the 'global war on terror.' A major contribution to understanding the causes and consequences of U.S. military bases at home and abroad."

-Kimberly Theidon,Harvard University

“Catherine Lutz’s The Bases of Empire is a must-read for every American and peace activist. . .Lutz does an extraordinary job distilling the history of U.S. bases and debunking common myths of why they’re needed.

-The Fellowship of Reconciliation


"Lutz makes a real contribution to the study of the American empire of bases."
-Chalmers Johnson at


Book Description

This book examines US military bases across the globe including those in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It documents the massive political, economic and environmental impacts that these outposts have and studies the movements and campaigns against them. US Military bases form a huge global system but are poorly understood by those not directly involved in their operation. The Pentagon is currently relocating many bases to fit with the strategies of pre-emption and resource control and this has intensified existing conflicts between the military and local people. The authors of this volume show how these seemingly local disputes are crucial to the success and failure of the American imperial project, and attempt to bring together the geographically scattered opposition movements to form a coherent campaign against the harmful effects of bases. A key title for students of anthropology and politics, this collection will also open the eyes of US citizens to the damage the American empire causes in allied countries as well as in its war zones.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan G. Carter on June 1, 2010
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It's good to see when someone has the guts to tell a story that is hidden. The US Military has been far too guilty for far too long. As of late, they've gotten much much worse. They're anti-civilian like never before, and it's alarming. Telling the the real story can help to encourage others to join the bandwagon against the heinous scheme.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was long, and drawn out. Although there were many facts that were displayed, it became repetitive and boring at times, kind of overdone.
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