Blowback, Second Edition: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

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Henry Holt and Company, Jan 4, 2004 - Political Science - 304 pages
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Now with a new and up-to-date Introduction by the author, the bestselling account of the effect of American global policies, hailed as “brilliant and iconoclastic” (Los Angeles Times)

The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia’s financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our conduct in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.

In a new edition that addresses recent international events from September 11 to the war in Iraq, this now classic book remains as prescient and powerful as ever.

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Thorough introduction to the modern Yankee Empire - Goodreads

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Really love this series but it's hard to read. If you can handle the truth, read this series. Read full review

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The CIA coined the term, Blowback to describe the consequences of and retaliations against their covert actions. Johnson argues that our government has close to 60 years of imperial covert actions ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and The Nation. Author of the forthcoming The Sorrows of Empire, and numerous books on Japan and Asia, including MITI and the Japanese Miracle and Japan: Who Governs?, he lives in southern California.

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