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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530803
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" New York Times

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

- the award-winning Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
- the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
- the Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
and Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK) the latest of several standalone books.

He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy - The Blackhouse - was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.


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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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’ )

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is famous for prophesying 9/11 within the first few pages. It is difficult to ignore how accurate his predictions have been over the last 4 years.
Johnson is most interesting because of his background. As he recounts in the beginning of this book, he was originally an academic Cold warrior who felt that his work could contribute to the fight against Communism. Now he feels that those early sentiments were incorrect, he believes US "imperial" impulses were (and are) far more destructive in the long term.
If you read this book with an already sceptical view of American foreign policy you will find it far more informative than knee-jerk leftist polemics. Even those who firmly support US aims and ambitions may find these arguments compelling.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2006
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In this hard-hitting analysis, Chalmers Johnson explains the goals and the hidden (from its inhabitants) functioning of the US hegemon: an empire based on military power and the use of US capital and markets to force global economic integration on US terms at whatever costs to others.
On the military front, the US population forgot G. Washington’s warning: ‘avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.’
The US intelligence and military establishment is close to being beyond civilian control and becoming an autonomous system, whose colossal budget with its juicy cost-plus contracts is only controlled by vested ideological and financial interests. This book shows clearly that US presidents, like Carter or Clinton, had not the power to oppose the Pentagon’s designs: perpetuate and develop the Cold War structures in order to consolidate its power. The ends justify all means as numerous intelligence or military interventions in the world show, which sponsored dictatorships, genocidal campaigns, war crimes, state terrorism and paramilitary death-squads. 90 % of all US weapons were sold, not to democracies, but to human right abusers.
On the economic front, globalization US style provoked economic disasters in South-Asia and South-America, throwing millions of people into poverty. However the US still urged its ‘allies’ to buy weapons! This kind of globalization, which provoked still more economic inequality, will not be forgotten for a long time (see W. Bello: Dilemmas of Domination.).
By overstretching its financial means (weapon systems are profligate economic waste), the US risks a long lasting downfall of the dollar.
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By Mark Jordan on 3 Jan. 2014
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A wake-up call for the USA as stated on the cover. The idea that they need to change their entire foreign policy or risk the wrath of countries and peoples that have been subjugated and oppressed as a result of these policies over decades is a timely reminder that 'you reap what you sow'.
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Well written book and quite informative. It removes a lot of the hype and gloss around US external policy and highlights the small print behind the various policies implemented by the various administrations over a set period
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