The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic Paperback – 10 Apr 2006
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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
About the Author
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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