Dismantling the Empire America's Last Best Hope

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

Metropolitan Books



Trade Paperback

224 Pages



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In Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers Johnson warned that secret U.S. operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home. Now, in a series of essays written over the last three years, Johnson measures that price and the resulting dangers America faces as its power wanes. The nation's reliance on Pentagon economics, a global empire of bases, and war without end is, he declares, nothing short of "a suicide option."

Dismantling the Empire explores the subjects for which Johnson is now famous, from the origins of blowback to Barack Obama's Afghanistan conundrum, including inept spies, bad behavior in other countries, ill-fought wars, and capitulation to a military that has taken ever more control of the federal budget. There is, he proposes, only one way out: President Obama must begin to dismantle the empire before the Pentagon dismantles the American Dream. If the nation does not learn from the fates of past empires, he suggests, its decline and fall are foreordained. This is Johnson at his best: delivering both a warning and an urgent prescription for a remedy.


Praise for Dismantling the Empire

"Concise, clear, hard-hitting . . . Dismantling the Empire is a must read for anyone looking for meaningful information concerning the future of the American Empire."—Foreign Policy Journal

"Stimulating and prescient."—Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Succinct, hard-hitting attacks on what the author perceives as America's ruinous imperial follies."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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During the last years of the Clinton administration I was in my mid-sixties, retired from teaching Asian international relations at the University of California and deeply bored by my specialty, Japanese...

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  • Chalmers Johnson

  • 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 He lives near San Diego, California.

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