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Americans have long believed that the very notion of empire is an offense against our democratic heritage, yet in recent months, these two words -- American empire -- have been on everyone's lips. At this moment of unprecedented economic and military strength, the leaders of the United States have embraced imperial ambitions openly. How did we get to this point? And what lies down the road?

To address these questions, Metropolitan Books offers the American Empire Project. In these short, argument-driven books, our leading writers and thinkers will mount an immodest challenge to the fateful exercise of empire-building and to explore every facet of the developing American imperium, while suggesting alternate ways of thinking about, confronting, and acting in a new American century.

The project has been developed by Tom Engelhardt (www.tomdispatch.com) and Steve Fraser, two editors with long and distinguished careers in publishing -- at Pantheon and Basic Books -- who are themselves historians and writers. In future seasons, Chalmers Johnson, who made "blowback" a household word, will take on the far reach of American militarism and what it means to garrison the planet in The Sorrows of Empire. Michael Klare will ask, in Blood and Oil, how American dependency on petroleum drives our strategic planning. And in How to Succeed at Globalization: A Primer for the Roadside Vendor, Mexican cartoonist Rafeal Barajas will depict the world economy from the perspective of the very small businessman. Read Blog.

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Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum

In his pathbreaking Resource Wars, world security expert Michael Klare alerted us to the role of resources in conflicts in the post-cold-war world. Now, in...

"...issuing a warning to the United States—its most powerful, and most dependent, global consumer. Since September 11 and the commencement of the "war on terror," the world's attention has been focused..."

Michael Klare Michael Klare

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Nemesis

The Last Days of the American Republic

A New York Times bestseller, Nemesis is Chalmers Johnson’s “fiercest book—and his best” (Andrew J. Bacevich) In his prophetic book Blowback, Chalmers...

"..., clandestine “regime change”—but as the attacks of September 11, 2001, showed us all too graphically, hardly the only one. My book Blowback was not much noticed in the United States until after 9/11..."

Chalmers Johnson Chalmers Johnson

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A Question of Torture

CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror

“An indispensable and riveting account” of the CIA’s development and use of torture, from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond (Naomi Klein, The Nation) In...

"..., America’s century, the United States had a crisis worthy of its grandeur as a global power, one revealing..."

Alfred McCoy

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Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

In this first collection of interviews since the bestselling 9-11, our foremost intellectual activist examines crucial new questions of U.S. foreign...

"..., the doctrine of “preemptive” strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration, warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive..."

By Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

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Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

An eye-opening examination of Latin America’s role as proving ground for U.S. imperial strategies and tactics In recent years, one book after another has...

"...for American extraterritorial rule. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United Statesimperial..."

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Blowback, Second Edition

The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

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...

"...as “brilliant and iconoclastic” (Los Angeles Times) The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers..."

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Devil's Game

How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam

The first complete account of America’s most dangerous foreign policy miscalculation: sixty years of support for Islamic fundamentalism Devil’s Game is...

Robert Dreyfuss

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Failed States

The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

The world’s foremost critic of U.S. foreign policy exposes the hollow promises of democracy in American actions abroad—and at home The United States has...

Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky

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Hegemony or Survival

America's Quest for Global Dominance

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

Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky

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Crusade

Chronicles of an Unjust War

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope...

"...of September 11, George W. Bush made the most stirring-and ominous-declaration of his presidency. "Americans..."

James Carroll James Carroll

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How to Succeed at Globalization

A Primer for Roadside Vendors

A biting comic-book history of capitalism and globalization from the “dean of Mexico’s vigorous corps of political cartoonists” (The...

"..., hilarious rush, cartoonist Rafael Barajas, aka El Fisgón (“the peeper”), takes us from the dawn of capitalism to the age of global conglomerates, showing how the world economy developed and how it functions today. Amid the laughs, he offers a critique of a planet in which the few “globalize..."

By El Fisgón and Mark Fried

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In the Name of Democracy

American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond

A riveting documentary anthology that examines a deeply disturbing question: Is the United States guilty of war crimes in Iraq? Until recently, the...

By Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler and Brendan Smith

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Iraq

The Logic of Withdrawal

“An urgent book.”—Arundhati Roy Three years after the start of the war in Iraq, violence and misery continue to plague the country, and conservatives and...

"...—U.S. and coalition forces should leave. In this cogent and compelling book, Anthony Arnove argues that the U.S. occupation is the major source of instability and suffering for the Iraqi people. Challenging the idea that George W. Bush was ever interested in bringing democracy to Iraq—and the view..."

Anthony Arnove

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The Seventh Decade

The New Shape of Nuclear Danger

From the bestselling author of The Fate of the Earth, a provocative look at the urgent threat posed by America’s new nuclear policies When the cold war...

"...administration after September 11 has taken a severe beating at the hands of events. Proliferation..."

Jonathan Schell

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The Sorrows of Empire

Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

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

Chalmers Johnson Chalmers Johnson

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What We Say Goes

Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

An indispensable set of interviews on foreign and domestic issues with the bestselling author of Hegemony or Survival, “America’s most useful citizen.” (The...

"...decided to forcibly annex Kuwait.” Then he adds, “When it comes to military force, the United States can..."

By Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

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The Complex

How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives

A mind-boggling investigation of the allpervasive, constantly morphing presence of the Pentagon in daily life—a real-world Matrix come alive Here is the...

"...has not only garrisoned the globe, but come home to dominate the United States. For anyone..."

Nick Turse Nick Turse

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

"...Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America..."

By Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle

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