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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Publication date March 1, 2000
Pages 268
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805062380
ISBN-10 0805062386
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $26.00
§As reported by publisher
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An explosive account of the resentments American policies are sowing around the world and of the payback that will be our harvest in the twenty-first century.

Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted consequences of American policies. In this sure-to-be-controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overexted empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia's financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our actions in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.

In the wake of the Cold War, the United States has imprudently expanded the commitments it made over the previous forty years, argues Johnson. In Blowback, he issues a warning we would do well to consider: it is time for our empire to demobilize before our bills come due.


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