In Sorrows of Empire, Johnson discusses the roots of American militarism, the rise and extent of the military-industrial complex, and the close ties between arms industry executives and high-level politicians. He also looks closely at how the military has extended the boundaries of what constitutes national security in order to centralize intelligence agencies under their control and how statesmen have been replaced by career soldiers on the front lines of foreign policy--a shift that naturally increases the frequency with which we go to war.
Though his conclusions are sure to be controversial, Johnson is a skilled and experienced historian who backs up his claims with copious research and persuasive arguments. His important book adds much to a debate about the realities and direction of U.S. influence in the world. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you really want to know what America is really about, read all of Chalmers Johnson's books. He explains in detail how we started our empire, how we got to the point where we are... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Denton
If you have doubts about how our gov't is viewed globally and can't understand why most of the globe fears us and hates.....read thisPublished 6 months ago by Ronald Abbott
I always love Chalmers Johnson's clear and keen analyses of American foreign policy. This book sums up his main ideas well. Needs to be read by everyone.Published 6 months ago by SciMed Reviewer
It would be easy to make this subject matter so dry and fact based that would couldn't get through the first chapter but luckily it wasn't the case here. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Carr
Johnson makes a depressingly compelling case for the state of the nation, where we've been, where we are, and, unfortunately, where we seem determined to go—the way of all empires!Published 8 months ago by Dan Cieloha
This book is just incredible, opening mind in many ways. After reading still staying most important question: How is possible that there is no will too really change? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Josef Kubik
This book continued to open my eyes into my graduate work in Sociology. It really got to the heart of Sociology for me with the study of corruption, which was most interesting,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by dvegan28
Along with Blowback and Nemesis, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how the United States got to the point of having a huge, permanent... Read morePublished 12 months ago by TLR
This book was a perfect read for my long car ride - it makes you actually think and understand the American situation at large.Published 16 months ago by Thatgirlthatreadsalot