American Empire Project

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 American Empire Project

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Base Nation
Base Nation

American Empire Project

David Vine

Henry Holt and Co.

From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, a far-reaching examination of the perils of American military bases overseasAmerican military bases encircle the globe. More...

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Breach of Trust
Breach of Trust

American Empire Project

Andrew Bacevich

Picador

The United States has been “at war” for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between America’s soldiers and the society in whose...

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Kill Anything That Moves
Kill Anything That Moves

American Empire Project

Nick Turse

Picador

Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civiliansThe American Empire ProjectWinner of the Ridenhour Prize for...

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Dilemmas of Domination
Dilemmas of Domination

American Empire Project

Walden Bello and Tom Engelhardt

Henry Holt and Co.

From the acclaimed globalization critic, a far-reaching analysis of America's military, economic, and political vulnerabilityThe empire seems unassailable, but the empire is weak-and...

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We Meant Well
We Meant Well

American Empire Project

Peter Van Buren

Henry Holt and Co.

"One diplomat's darkly humorous and ultimately scathing assault on just about everything the military and State Department have done—or tried to do—since the invasion of Iraq. The...

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Dismantling the Empire
Dismantling the Empire

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

Henry Holt and Co.

From the author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy, an urgent call to confront America's waning power In his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers...

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Washington Rules
Washington Rules

American Empire Project

Andrew J. Bacevich

Henry Holt and Co.

"Tough-minded, bracing, and intelligent . . . the country is lucky to have a fierce, smart peacemonger like Bacevich."—The New York Times Book ReviewHailed as "brilliant" (The...

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The Limits of Power
The Limits of Power

American Empire Project

Andrew Bacevich

Henry Holt and Co.

“Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.”—Bill Moyers An immediate...

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The Complex
The Complex

American Empire Project

Nick Turse

Henry Holt and Co.

"Fascinating, no matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum."—WiredNow in paperback, a stunning breakdown of the modern military-industrial...

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The Seventh Decade
The Seventh Decade

American Empire Project

Schell, Jonathan

Henry Holt and Co.

From the bestselling author of The Fate of the Earth, a provocative look at the urgent threat posed by America's new nuclear policiesWhen...

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Ain't My America
Ain't My America

American Empire Project

Bill Kauffman

Henry Holt and Co.

From "the finest literary stylist of the American right," a surprising and spirited account of how true conservatives have always been antiwar and anti-empire (Allan Carlson, author of...

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A People's History of American Empire
A People's History of American Empire

American Empire Project

Howard Zinn; Paul Buhle; Mike Konopacki

Henry Holt and Co.

Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics formSince its landmark publication in 1980, A People’s...

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Nemesis
Nemesis

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

Henry Holt and Co.

A New York Times bestseller, Nemesis is Chalmers Johnson's "fiercest book--and his best" (Andrew J. Bacevich) In his prophetic book Blowback,...

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What We Say Goes
What We Say Goes

American Empire Project

Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Henry Holt and Co.

An indispensable set of interviews on foreign and domestic issues with the bestselling author of Hegemony or Survival, "America's most useful citizen." (The Boston Globe) In...

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Empire's Workshop
Empire's Workshop

American Empire Project

Greg Grandin

Henry Holt and Co.

“Grandin has always been a brilliant historian; now he uses his detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present.”—Naomi Klein,...

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Failed States
Failed States

American Empire Project

Noam Chomsky

Henry Holt and Co.

"It's hard to imagine any American reading this book and not seeing his country in a new, and deeply troubling, light."--The New York Times Book ReviewThe...

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In the Name of Democracy
In the Name of Democracy

American Empire Project

Jeremy Brecher; Jill Cutler; Brendan Smith

Henry Holt and Co.

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

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Iraq
Iraq

American Empire Project

Anthony Arnove

Henry Holt and Co.

"An urgent book."--Arundhati RoyThree years after the start of the war in Iraq, violence and misery continue to plague the country, and conservatives and liberals alike...

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A Question of Torture
A Question of Torture

American Empire Project

Alfred McCoy

Henry Holt and Co.

"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...

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Devil's Game
Devil's Game

American Empire Project

Robert Dreyfuss

Henry Holt and Co.

"The most clear and engaging history of the deadly, historic partnership between Western powers and political Islam."--Salon.comDevil's Game is the first comprehensive...

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Imperial Ambitions
Imperial Ambitions

American Empire Project

Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Henry Holt and Co.

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

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Blood and Oil
Blood and Oil

American Empire Project

Michael T. Klare

Henry Holt and Co.

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 Blood and Oil, he...

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Crusade
Crusade

American Empire Project

James Carroll

Henry Holt and Co.

"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 not too late-the moral clarity...

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The Sorrows of Empire
The Sorrows of Empire

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

Henry Holt and Co.

"Impressive . . . a powerful indictment of U.S. military and foreign policy." -Los Angeles Times Book Review, front page In the years after the Soviet Union imploded,...

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Hegemony or Survival
Hegemony or Survival

American Empire Project

Noam Chomsky; With a New Afterword by the Author

Henry Holt and Co.

"Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive . . . He is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." -The New York Times Book ReviewAn...

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Blowback
Blowback

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson; With a New Introduction on Blowback in the Post-9/11 World

Henry Holt and Co.

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 iconoclastic” (Los Angeles Times)...

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Blowback
Blowback

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

Henry Holt and Co.

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...

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