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on November 24, 2014
I have known it for a long time that democracy is no longer alive. This author has put into writing and justified the path the U.S. Is taking that will lead to our demise Extremely informative and delves into areas of financial hegemony at the expense of all other countries that was eye opening. I am not sure what will lead to this juggernauts downfall but our country is without any moral and ethical compass other than their greed . Watch out for any country who stands in their way. Is it possible I could be monitored for what I am writing? Yes
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on July 26, 2008
Most American should, by this point, be experiencing a great level of cognitive dissonance. As they read and watch the rhetoric sold to them by their government, and the equally complicitous corporate media, they should intuitively feel that reality is a far cry from what is being represented. In the last eight years especially, what we are being told is taking place is the exact opposite of what is really transpiring: protecting freedom by abolishing the 4th Amendment; war for peace; fighting for our way of life as a euphemism for fighting for private corporate interests; protecting free markets by providing corporate welfare and bailouts of corporate practitioners of maleficence; fighting for the human rights of our fellow man, but only those that reside over oil reserves. The list goes on ad nauseam.

What Chalmers Johnson does in The Sorrows of Empire is break through the disinformation campaign being perpetrated on the world and expose our practices for what they really are: maintenance and expansion of empire.

The word "empire" is taken by many as a pejorative, and they recoil from any serious consideration of the possibility that America may actually be one. When they think of an empire, they think about the Romans, Alexander, or Khan, and then they contrast their understanding of those ancient empires with their own contemporary lifestyle. They subsequently discount the notion that America has become an empire and continue to support the politicians who depend on their ignorance.

This book allows such a reader to see beyond the world he perceives through the blinders of corporate media obfuscation and government propaganda. It permits him to look beyond the smoke and mirrors and to see the world as it actually is.

From his recounting of the historical events that have brought us to empire, to his reporting of contemporary events that compel us to maintain empire, Chalmers Johnson is able to provide valuable insight to the American citizen who clings to the false notion that we remain the constitutional republic intended by our founders.
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on December 14, 2013
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. The material is relevant and well put together with everything referenced when it should be. He has a nice clear style that is able to convey the facts clearly and even with some levity. Although the book was an amazing read, the conclusions that are put forth are depressing to say the least. It's also fun to see how accurate some of his predictions are since the printing of the book...

I would definitely recommend this book.
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on June 30, 2017
Must read.
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on May 29, 2015
This is an excellent book by Chalmers Johnson. I highly recommend it.
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on March 27, 2010
This is the second book of Chalmers Johnson's trilogy on America's military build up throughout the world and the blowback that is making us less safe today and in the future. What appears as imperialism is affecting our status with the rest of the world's nations and is exacting a cost to the American economy that we cannot sustain. No matter what political philosophy you follow, the information presented makes you wonder what can be done by our government to correct this apparent push towards militarism and global imperialism. The facts are presented, the choices are suggested, the outcome depends on how Americans view the problem and their desire to see the Constitution enforced.
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on July 31, 2017
"We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire."
-George W. Bush, Jan. 20, 2004 SOTU
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on September 27, 2012
It is a very good book,about the truth about the american empire,the oppression,the agression,the exploitation of the world.
USA is a empire who used military power to become since 1945 the new criminal world power and still uses is military power to stay a worldpower and impose his interests and ambitions to other countries with menaces and aggression wars.
USA has 1000 military bases around to world to impose his exploitation interests with cruel military power.
the USA lies to his people,the USA have always terrorised the world since the beginning,also before 9/11.
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on November 9, 2017
Great literature for anyone interested in our current affairs and the affairs that have been polemical for the U.S. in the past and for our future, too.
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on September 19, 2014
informative, insights into the real reason wars are fought, and who really benefits. Troops are used as cannon fodder to further the gains of corporations under the guise of Freedom & Democracy. War is all about looting the resources of others, as opposed to fair trading of resources.
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