The Sorrows of Empire

The Sorrows of Empire

Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

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Baker & Taylor
Examines American militarism and its repercussions at home and abroad, sounding a warning about the military-industrial complex and analyzing its influence on American policy making.

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

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.


Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling author of Blowback provides an insightful and provocative look at American militarism and its repercussions at home and abroad, sounding a warning about the military-industrial complex, tracing America's expanding empire of military bases and support services, and analyzing its influence on American policy-making. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805070040
0805070044
Branch Call Number: 355.0213 Johnson 2003
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 25 cm

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