If the 20th century was the American century, the 21st century may be a time of reckoning for the United States. Chalmers Johnson offers a troubling prognosis of what's to come. Blowback
--the title refers to a CIA neologism describing the unintended consequences of American activity--is a call for the United States to rethink its position in the world. "The evidence is building up that in the decade following the end of the Cold War, the United States largely abandoned a reliance on diplomacy, economic aid, international law, and multilateral institutions in carrying out its foreign policies and resorted much of the time to bluster, military force, and financial manipulation," writes Johnson. "The world is not a safer place as a result." Individual chapters focus on Okinawa (where American servicemen were accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in "Asia's last colony"), the two Koreas, China, and Japan. The result is a liberal-leaning (and Asia-centric) call for the United States to disengage from many of its global commitments. Critics will call Johnson an isolationist, but friends will say he simply speaks good sense. All will agree he is an earnest voice: "I believe our very hubris ensures our undoing". --John J. Miller
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Chalmers Johnson is one of the most influential, brilliant, and provocative intellectuals writing today. He weaves past, present, and future together with extraordinary skill - John Dower, the 1999 winner of the NBCC non-fiction award for WAR WITHOUT MERCY ('Timely, provocative and absorbing