Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

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Henry Holt and Company, Jan 23, 2001 - Political Science - 288 pages
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Now available in paperback, Chalmers Johnson's take-no-prisoners account of the consequences of American global policies, hailed as "brilliant and iconoclastic" (Los Angeles Times)The term "blowback," invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted consequences of American policies. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overexted 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 actions in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.

In the wake of the Cold War, the United States has imprudently expanded the commitments it made over the previous forty years, argues Johnson. In Blowback, he issues a warning we would do well to consider: it is time for our empire to demobilize before our bills come due.

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

HIGHLY recommend... The author wrote a series of, I think, 3 books on this. I recommend every one of them. Do yourself a favor and get smarter reading this book and the other 2 (and go read some Molly Ivins while you're at it) Read full review

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

The detail in this book was impressive (yet borderline redundant). For years, I've been saying that we could fall just like the Soviet Union did and nobody believes me. It is that misplaced arrogance and prideful patriotism that will knock us down. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, has written numerous books on Japan and Asia, including Miti and the Japanese Miracle and Japan: Who Governs? He lives near San Diego.

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