- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; Reprint edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805087281
- ISBN-13: 978-0805087284
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
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“Chalmers Johnson, a patriot who pulls no punches, has emerged as our most prescient critic of American empire and its pretensions. Nemesis is his fiercest book--and his best.” ―Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism
“Nemesis, the final volume in the remarkable Blowback trilogy, completes a true patriot’s anguished and devastating critique of the militarism that threatens to destroy the United States from within. In detail and with unflinching candor, Chalmers Johnson decries the discrepancies between what America professes to be and what it has actually become―a global empire of military bases and operations; a secret government increasingly characterized by covert activities, enormous ‘black’ budgets, and near dictatorial executive power; a misguided republic that has betrayed its noblest ideals and most basic founding principals in pursuit of disastrously conceived notions of security, stability, and progress.”―John Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II “Chalmers Johnson’s voice has never been more urgently needed, and in Nemesis it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth.”―James Carroll, author of House of War “Nemesis is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says―I don't―but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down on the table, swearing, ‘We have to change this!’” ―Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
“Chalmers Johnson's voice has never been more urgently needed, and in Nemesis it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth.” ―James Carroll, author of House of War
“Nemesis is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says--I don't--but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down on the table, swearing, ‘We have to change this!'” ―Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
“Nemesis is a five-alarm warning about flaming militarism, burning imperial attitudes, secret armies, and executive arrogance that has torched and consumed the Constitution and brought the American Republic to death's door. Johnson shares a simple, liberating, and healing path back to worthy republicanism. But the frightening and heart-breaking details contained in Nemesis suggest that the goddess of retribution will not be so easily satisfied before ‘the right order of things' is restored.” ―Karen Kwiatkowski, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
“Last fall a treasonous Congress gave the president license to kidnap, torture--you name it--on an imperial scale. All of us, citizens and non-citizens alike, are fair game. Kudos for not being silent, Chalmers, and for completing your revealing trilogy with undaunted courage.” ―Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst; co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
About the Author
Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire. A contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, Harper's, and The Nation, among others, he appears in the 2005 prizewinning documentary film Why We Fight. He lives near San Diego.
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Chalmers Johnson was one of the first Americans to recognize that our actions will have repercussions and he coined the term "blowback". This book is a good introduction to his thinking and will help broaden the perspective and add to the understanding of those with an open mind. I appreciate that having an open mind is not at all common in the United States where bigotry rules the day. It is far easier for the elites to control a population when they are able to set one faction against another.
Nemesis covers a range of topics to support Johnson's primary thesis and warning.
First, he points out how militarism may contribute to the breakdown of constitutional government. Johnson supplies many examples but history could certainly provide more including the downfall of Napoleon III.
Second, Johnson compares the American Empire with the Roman and British Empires. Actually Johnson's thesis is one of hope and optimism for he relates how Rome was unable to turn from military imperialistic goals and restore a republic yet Great Britian was able to gradually lose an empire but strengthen its democratic and republican political structures. The American people however are not ready for this message from Johnson and therefore it must fall to a few insightful folks to steer America to a stronger committment to democratic republic principles as a series of economic crisis begin to remind Americans that we are not invulnerable.
Third, Johnson offers us a biting criticism of the CIA with its lack of performance and accountability.
Fourth, the expansive network of military bases and the wide claims of our military industrial complex are explored.
Fifth, Johnson offers the most original analysis and critique of the Star Wars program that I have seen in print. This chapter is worth the price of the book.
Finally, Johnson offers hope in that an empowered citizen body in the US must constantly monitor the processes and activities of our government. The issues are tremendously complex and thankfully we have political scientists such as Chalmers Johnson who are willing to do the hard work of putting all the puzzle pieces together to provide us a clear picture of a disturbing future unless we strengthen America's democratic republic roots and decrease the power of an imperial presidency and a government run in secret.
verifiable facts. His experience is unquestionable and he brings real life situations to bear on many of his conclusions.
His book should be read and reread by all Americans that care about their nation and the survival of our way of life . President Eisenhower
gave the American People a direct warning about the military/industrial complex in his farewell speech . Chalmers Johnson shows us the details
and outcomes of our folly with militarism .
These warnings and real life examples are more relevant now than when he wrote the book . I'm afraid that our current economic situation
was well predicted in Johnson's three book trilogy . Blowback , The Pains of Empire and Nemesis are books worth reading.