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The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic [Paperback]

Chalmers Johnson
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10 April 2006
A stunning exposure of the policies that have led to American imperialism and the massive military deployment that accompanies it, The Sorrows of Empire proposes that the US could suffer the same "overstretch" that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. Johnson outlines the cost of Empire, both for the American people and their Republic, and for the rest of the world. Eloquent and impassioned, The Sorrows of Empire is a sombre and cogent analysis, written with an authority that is impossible to ignore.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; Second Edition, First Printing edition (10 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844675483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844675487
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A disquieting revelation... a powerful indictment of current U.S. military and foreign policy." Los Angeles Times "In Chalmers Johnson the American empire has found its Jeremiah. He deserves to be heard; but the proper response to his gloomy message is not despair, but thought followed by action." Washington Post

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Chalmers Johnson is President of the Japan Policy Research Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire and Japan: Who Governs?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant study of US empire 27 May 2004
This unusually important book, based on huge research and historical knowledge, shows how the modern US empire is destroying the American Republic.
The USA has 500,000 soldiers and support staff billeted abroad at 725 permanent bases in 38 countries. A key role for these forces is to control oil and gas pipelines. In the key oil-producing regions of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, there are bases in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, Djibouti, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, plus six secret bases in Israel.
The proposed Trans-Afghan oil and gas pipelines run south from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, to Pakistan’s port of Gwadar. In Eastern Europe, Camps Bondsteel and Monteith in Kosovo bestride the proposed Trans-Balkan pipeline, which would run from Georgia through Bulgaria to Albania’s port of Vlora. Camp Sarafovo is in Burgas, home to Bulgaria’s biggest oil refinery, and the camp at Constanta dominates the centre of Rumania’s oil industry. In Colombia, several hundred US ‘advisers’ are fighting not against drug runners, but to protect Occidental Petroleum’s oil and gas interests in Arauca province.
The US government has twisted the ‘war against terrorism’ into a war for world domination, scarred by its own state terrorism. In Afghanistan, its bombing killed 5,000 civilians directly, and another 20,000 indirectly, by disrupting relief efforts and medical care. In January 2002, US forces took 27 villagers prisoner, tortured them for several days, and then shot some of them (Washington Post, 11 February 2002). None were Taliban or Al Qa’ida members. The USA’s illegal occupation of Iraq inevitably causes similar atrocities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Empirical Analysis Of US Power 7 Nov 2012
William Podmore has already written a very thorough review of the hardback edition of this fine book, and I'm not going to try to cover the same ground as he's already done such an admirable job. I just want to add my own brief observation that, in amassing such a weight of empirical evidence, and in presenting it in such readable form, Chalmers Johnson has produced a keynote study that in its way is actually rather more persuasive than the polemical efforts of Chomsky et al (much as I admire their work also). It is all the more telling and poignant for the fact that Johnson writes from within the US establishment and as an American "patriot". This is mainstream liberal analysis at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICA IN A BIRTH TO DEATH TREND 27 Aug 2006
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