Blowback by Chalmers Johnson
The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (American Empire Project)

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An explosive account of the resentments American policies are sowing around the world and of the payback that will be our harvest in the twenty-first century.

Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted consequences of American policies. In this sure-to-be-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 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.


About Chalmers Johnson

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Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and The Nation. His previous books include MITI and the Japanese Miracle. He lives in Southern California.
Published January 23, 2001 by Metropolitan Books. 293 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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This no-holds-barred indictment of what Johnson calls the post-Cold War American global empire is not for the faint of heart. Among the opening images is a plastic bag containing three pairs of bl

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