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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

  • Global Discontents
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    • Global Discontents

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      Noam Chomsky: Interviews with David Barsamian
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • In a compelling new set of interviews, Noam Chomsky identifies the “dry kindling” of discontent around the world that could soon catch fire.

      In wide-ranging discussions with David...

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  • Base Nation
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    • 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 overseas

      American military bases encircle the globe. More...

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  • Breach of Trust
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    • Breach of Trust

    • American Empire Project
      Andrew J. 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 name they fight. For ordinary...

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  • Kill Anything That Moves
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    • American Empire Project
      Nick Turse
      Picador

    • Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians

      The American Empire Project
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  • Dilemmas of Domination
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    • Dilemmas of Domination

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      Walden Bello
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • From the acclaimed globalization critic, a far-reaching analysis of America's military, economic, and political vulnerability

      The empire seems unassailable, but the empire is weak-and...

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  • We Meant Well
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      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 title says...

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  • Washington Rules
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    • American Empire Project
      Andrew J. Bacevich
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • The bestselling author of The Limits of Power critically examines the Washington consensus on national security and why it must change.

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  • Dismantling the Empire
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      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 Johnson...

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  • Ideal Illusions
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    • Ideal Illusions

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      James Peck
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • From a noted historian and foreign-policy analyst, a groundbreaking critique of the troubling symbiosis between Washington and the human rights movement

      The United States has long been...

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  • The Limits of Power
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      Andrew J. Bacevich
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • From an acclaimed conservative historian and former military officer, a bracing call for a pragmatic confrontation with the nation's problems.

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  • The Complex
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    • The Complex

    • American Empire Project
      Nick Turse
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • "Fascinating, no matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum."—Wired

      Now in paperback, a stunning breakdown of the modern military-industrial complex—an omnipresent,...

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  • The Seventh Decade
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    • The Seventh Decade

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      Jonathan Schell
      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 policies


      When the cold war ended, many Americans...

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  • Ain't My America
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      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 The...

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

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      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 form

      Since its landmark publication in 1980, A People's History...

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  • What We Say Goes
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    • What We Say Goes

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      Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • Following the New York Times bestseller Hegemony or Survival—an indispensable set of interviews on foreign policy and domestic issues with "America's most useful citizen" (Boston Globe)

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  • Empire's Workshop
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      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, author of No Logo

      The...

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  • Failed States
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      Noam Chomsky
      Henry Holt and Co.

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

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  • In the Name of Democracy
    • In the Name of Democracy

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      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 States...

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  • Nemesis
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    • Nemesis

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      Chalmers Johnson
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • The long-awaited final volume of Chalmers Johnson's bestselling
      Blowback trilogy confronts the overreaching of the American empire and the threat it poses to the republic

      In...

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      Anthony Arnove
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • "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 liberals alike are struggling...

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  • A Question of Torture
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      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 this revelatory account...

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  • Devil's Game
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      Robert Dreyfuss
      Henry Holt and Co.

    • "The most clear and engaging history of the deadly, historic partnership between Western powers and political Islam."—Salon.com

      Devil's Game is the first comprehensive account...

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  • Imperial Ambitions
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      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 policy

      Timely, urgent,...

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  • Blood and Oil
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    • Blood and Oil

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      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 concentrates...

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      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 we...

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  • The Sorrows of Empire
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      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
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    • Hegemony or Survival

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      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 Review

      An...

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  • Blowback
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    • Blowback

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      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

    • 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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