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An epic voyage into the past and present.,
This review is from: The Forging of the American Empire: From the Revolution to Vietnam: a History of American Imperialism: A History of American Imperialism from the Revolution to Vietnam (Human Security) (Paperback)
This is a fine work by a fine writer. The reader is introduced to the history of American imperialism,( the author's subject matter ) at the time of post-revolutionary consolodation following the war against the British. Revolutionary fervour and fraternity soon gives way to the conquest of the American continent and its indigenous inhabitants. Bouyed by the contemperaneous rise of industrial world capitalism, America itself soon grows to dominate the entire world. In its wake lies buried the individual freedoms, human rights, and lives of those peoples and countries who oppose its rule. The authors background in the labour movement, and an internationalist outlook, provide an antidote to the belief that America has a god-given superiority over other nations and peoples. This is a timely work. Although its narrative ends in Vietnam upon the authors death, its message is if anything even more relevent to the early twenty-first century as America faces a lack of markets and resources and a world increasingly hostile to its dominance.