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The Politics of Empire: The U.S., Israel and the Middle East [Paperback]

James Petras
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7 Mar 2014
This book provides a unique conception of US empire building, linking overseas expansion with 1) the growth of a police state and declining living standards; 2) advanced technologically driven global spying on adversaries and allies with declining economic competitiveness and military defeats; 3) large scale, long term commitments of economic and military resources to wars in the Middle East to the detriment of major corporate interests, but for the benefit of a pariah state, Israel; and 4) the power of a foreign state (Israel) over US policy via its domestic pro-Zionist power configuration. The interplay of these four specific features of US empire building has no past or present precedent among imperial states. Because of Israeli-Zionist influence on US imperial policy, the main targets and objectives of imperial wars are located in the Middle East. The objectives of Israeli and Zionist- influenced US policy in the Middle East is to enhance Israeli regional power and the dispossession of the Palestinian people. The trillion dollar cost of US wars for Israel, however, has alienated the vast majority of US society and driven a wedge between the political elite backing new wars for Israel, and the public prioritizing of domestic economic welfare. This study highlights how the domestic foundations of empire building have deteriorated and forced the imperial presidency to modify its approach, seeking diplomatic negotiations over new military interventions, specifically in the cases of Syria and Iran. Imperial politics is viewed as a multi-sided power struggle between military and economic elites, Israel and the Zionist power configuration, overseas resistance movements and nationalist regimes, and the US public. The resolution of this power struggle is more than an academic question; it will determine whether the US will become a full blown police state, ruled by the pawns of a racist-colonial state engaged in endless wars or return to its roots as an independent democratic republic “free of foreign entanglements”.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Clarity Press, Inc. (7 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986073105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986073106
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, Temps Moderne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet. His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Life Time Career Award, Marxist Section, of the American Sociology Association, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. Some recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), Unmasking Globalisation (2001), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author) Multinationals on Trial (2006). His most recent titles, The Power of Israel in the United States and Rulers and Ruled in the United States (Clarity Press, Inc. 2006), have been acquired for Japanese, German, Italian, Indonesian and Arabic editions. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973- 76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, Le Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Unscholarly 12 Sep 2014
By Ryan B.
While the information and arguments Petras puts forward are compelling, there are relatively few citations and often no examples of his point. For example, he mentions that there have recently been several mysterious deaths and disappearances in the US, but doesn't mention who any of the people are who have supposedly died or disappeared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petras On His Game As Usual... 18 May 2014
By felixnola - Published on Amazon.com
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I am pretty sure I purchased this book prior to publication. Just like all of the learned Professor's Books; you won't be let down. I've read them all. As usual, Petras's Books are very readable and flow while staying on point with footnotes. His latest work is another masterpiece to add to your collection. If you desire a well-researched treatise which proves, in detail, the Zionist control of Congress; the Administration; and our foreign policy (and what's to come); you won't be let down. Highly recommended to anyone seeking a clear and concise understanding of middle eastern policy and the players behind it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Petras speaks out 4 May 2014
By Charles Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a basic diatribe against our sold out government and the duplicitous presidential servants fo rbanks and the Israeli lobby. Obama is awarded the honor of being called the greatest liar of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and clear analysis 22 May 2014
By Arnd Jurgensen - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is up to his usual standard of clear analysis and crisp argumentation. A thought provoking book. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book because of the zionist information he talks ... 1 Sep 2014
By Sam - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book because of the zionist information he talks about how Israel pretty much owns the US and gets thing passed in the US government that are good for Israel but may not be good for US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Be Told 23 Aug 2014
By Philip M. Kayal - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, a relatively objective discussion on the influence of the Zionist lobby on American and World Politics.
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