About the book:
In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described
first as the globe’s "lone superpower," then as a "reluctant sheriff," next as
the "indispensable nation," and now, in the wake of 9/11, as a "New Rome." Here,
Chalmers Johnson thoroughly explores the new militarism that is transforming
America and compelling its people to pick up the burden of empire.
Reminding us of the classic warnings against militarism--from George Washington’s
farewell address to Dwight Eisenhower’s denunciation of the military-industrial
complex--Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he
maps America’s expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services
that supports them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional
warriors who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as
"secret" everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military
budget is of vital interest.
Among Johnson’s provocative conclusions is that American militarism is putting
an end to the age of globalization and bankrupting the United States, even as it
creates the conditions for a new century of virulent blowback. The Sorrows of
Empire suggests that the former American republic has already crossed its
Rubicon--with the Pentagon leading the way.
"Chalmers Johnson's relentless logic, authoritative scholarship, and elegantly
biting prose distinguish The Sorrows of Empire, like all his other work. Anyone who reads it will have a much sharper sense of the costs of America's new world-girdling commitments--and I hope it is widely read." --James Fallows, Author of Breaking the News.
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Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is the author of the bestselling books Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis, which make up his Blowback Trilogy. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, and TomDispatch.com.
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