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A People's History of American Empire
by Howard Zinn, Paul Buhle, Mike Konopacki

Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form.

A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Alfred McCoy

In this revelatory account of the CIA's fifty-year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W. McCoy locates the deep roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo in a long-standing, covert program of interrogation.

Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism
by Bill Kauffman

Conservatives love war, empire, and the military-industrial complex. They abhor peace, the sole and rightful property of liberals. Right? Wrong.

Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
by David Vine

From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, a far-reaching examination of the perils of American military bases overseas

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael T. Klare

Now available in paperback with a new afterword.

Since the tragic events of September 11 and the commencement of the "war on terror," the relationship between U.S. policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil has come under close scrutiny.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, Revised edition
by Chalmers Johnson

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)

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
by Andrew Bacevich

A blistering critique of the gulf between America's soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power and Washington Rules

Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War
by James Carroll

A devastating indictment of the Bush administration's war policies from the bestselling columnist and respected moral authority.

Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam
by Robert Dreyfuss

Despite the surge in books about the Middle East, one fundamental question has remained largely unexplored: How and why did the United States encourage and finance the spread of radical political Islam? Gripping, wide-ranging, and deeply informed, Devil's Game is the first comprehensive account of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism.

Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire
by Walden Bello

The empire seems unassailable, but the empire is weak -- and precisely because of its imperial ambitions. So argues Walden Bello in his provocative new book, which systematically dissects the strategic, economic, and political dilemmas confronting America as a consequence of its quest for global domination.

Dismantling the Empire
by Chalmers Johnson

From the author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy, an urgent call to confront America's waning power


Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
by Greg Grandin

The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. But America's imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States' imperial operations from Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan's support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush's current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administration's leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
by Noam Chomsky

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated follow-up to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, showing how the United States itself shares features with other failed states -- suffering from a severe "democratic deficit," eschewing domestic and international law, and adopting policies that increasingly endanger its own citizens and the world.

Hegemony or Survival
America's Quest for Global Dominance

by Noam Chomsky

Now available in paperback with a new afterword from the author.

From the world's foremost intellectual activist, an irrefutable analysis of America's pursuit of total domination and the catastrophic consequences that are sure to follow. 

How to Succeed at Globalization
A Primer for Roadside Vendors

by El Fisgón

A biting comic-book history of capitalism and globalization from the "dean of Mexico's vigorous corps of political cartoonists" (The New York Times).

Ideal Illusions
by James Peck

From a noted historian and foreign-policy analyst, a groundbreaking critique of the troubling symbiosis between Washington and the human rights movement

The United States has long been hailed as a powerful force for global human rights. Now, drawing on thousands of documents from the CIA, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, and development agencies, James Peck shows in blunt detail how Washington has shaped human rights into a potent ideological weapon for purposes having little to do with rightsand everything to do with furthering America's global reach.

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post 9/11 World
by Noam Chomsky

Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America's policies in an increasingly unstable world.

In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond
by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, and Brendan Smith

Drawing on a wide range of documents - from the protocols of the Geneva Convention, to FBI e-mails about Guantanamo, to executive branch papers justifying the circumvention of international law -- In the Name of Democracy examines the legality of the Iraq war and the occupation that followed.

Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal
by Anthony Arnove

Almost four years after the start of the war in Iraq, violence and isery continue to plague the country, and conservatives and liberals alike are struggling with the question of when -- and under what circumstances -- U.S. and coalition forces should leave.

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse

Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians


Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
by Chalmers Johnson

A New York Times bestseller, Nemesis is Chalmers Johnson's "fiercest book—and his best" (Andrew J. Bacevich)

In his prophetic book Blowback, Chalmers Johnson linked the CIA's clandestine activities abroad to disaster at home. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored the ways in which the growth of American militarism and the garrisoning of the planet have jeopardized our stability. In Nemesis, the bestselling and final volume in what has become known as the Blowback Trilogy, he shows how imperial overstretch is undermining the republic itself, both economically and politically.

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal

Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead


Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times with Noam Chomsky, one of the world's foremost thinkers


The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives
by Nick Turse

Now in paperback, a stunning breakdown of the modern military-industrial complex—an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system of systems that penetrates all our lives.


The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
by Andrew Bacevich

"Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who's in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him."-Bill Moyers


The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger
by Jonathan Schell

"Jonathan Schell has been warning us about the dangers of nuclear weapons since The Fate of the Earth. The Seventh Decade shows how pressing this issue still is . . . A fascinating and important book."—Walter Isaacson

The Sorrows of Empire
Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

by Chalmers Johnson

From the author of the prophetic national bestseller Blowback, a startling look at militarism, American style, and its consequences abroad and at home.

War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution
by Peter Irons

A striking assessment of how the Constitution has been stretched, distorted, and violated to accommodate the drive to empire from Jefferson's day to our own

Washington Rules
by Andrew Bacevich

"Tough-minded, bracing, and intelligent . . . the country is lucky to have a fierce, smart peacemonger like Bacevich."The New York Times Book Review


We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
by Peter Van Buren

"One diplomat's darkly humorous and ultimately scathing assault on just about everything the military and State Department have done—or tried to do—since the invasion of Iraq. The title says it all."—The New York Times

What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World: Interviews with David Barsamian
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

An indispensable set of interviews on foreign and domestic issues with the bestselling author of Hegemony or Survival, "America's most useful citizen." (The Boston Globe)


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