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The State of the American Empire: How the USA Shapes the World [Hardcover]

Stephen Burman
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23 Nov 2007
As the United States casts an increasingly dominant shadow in world affairs, resentment from the international community widens. In "The State of the American Empire", Stephen Burman lays bare the global scope of the political, economic, cultural, and military might of a country that, paradoxically, was founded in a rebellion against imperialism. Combining forensic analysis with detailed full-color graphics, Burman provides a comprehensive overview of the countries that are dependent on U.S. trade or investment, or are inhabited by U.S. troops. Liberally illustrated with maps that display America's global footprint, from its military interventions to its trading partners, "The State of the American Empire" interrogates every aspect of this new empire to reveal its roots, its likely duration, and, most important, its impact on the rest of the world.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (23 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520248775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520248779
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 19.2 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Stephen Burman is Dean of Humanities at the University of Sussex. His books include America in the Modern World: The Transcendence of US Hegemony and The Black Progress Question: Explaining the African-American Predicament, which was awarded the Myers Center Prize for outstanding work in the field of human rights.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 15 April 2010
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I was really impressed with the quality and diversity of the information. It basically covers everything on the USA and I found it very useful for my studies. I recommend it to everyone! Five stars! For the seller also 5 stars!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Z took the passage out of context 26 Feb 2009
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Burman's efforts are misquoted. Z argues that the box on P 113 argues for the creation of such an alignment. It does not.

The book does have interesting maps and passages underlining the power of the United States to set up a world order. A close reading of the text reveals the author admires the ideals of the United States, but as ably pointed out, our own actions often fail to match our rhetoric. The book could be useful for those who believe in American exceptionalism and those who rail against it and desire multilateralism.

The book does tilt at Bush and Cheny a bit much even for my left-leaning views. the base of American empire predates the most recent President Bush. It was seen after WW II and has only been enhanced since then.

Buy the book if you like maps as communication tools, and are interested in thinking about the power of the United States and how it projects global power.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Biased Polemic with Good Graphics 6 Nov 2007
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The book has vibrant colored charts that are impressive and illuminating. The text is lucid and elegant. The trouble is it is an exceedingly biased, imbalanced attack on the United States and a rallying cry for others to "resist" its "imperialism." True, the current President has made profound mistakes and used alarmingly bad judgment and rhetoric on top of it. But suggesting that it would be desirable for the world if China and Russia would form "an anti-American bloc" along with Kazakhstan, Kyrgastan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (p. 113)? This suggestion, along with numerous similar ones, show this book's weakness of perspective and balance too.
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