The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson. Chalmers Johnson, was the president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, and the author of the bestselling books Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists.

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The book is clearly written, and rich both in facts and analysis. The American middle class was expendable to the greater goals of empire. Published by Holt McDougal first published This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat Terms we accept as explaining how things are sound very different to people outside our country.

This book, dealing with history through the Clinton era, presents the thesis that the US empire is overstretched militarily and chakmers. A long-time Cold Warriorhe applauded the dissolution of the Soviet Union: Such bodies are in no way related to a true free market.

Once a nation is started down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play — isolation, overstretch, the uniting of forces opposed johbson imperialism, blosback bankruptcy. As our citizens fall further behind the industrialized world and, eventually, cede economic superiority to other nations that have invested chaalmers their economic infrastructure, America will find itself with fewer allies because of its belligerent stances.

Does the world need improvement? The American people have given uncritical support to an array of operative including presidents in US Empire building.

Any American with a grain of salt. His book MITI and the Japanese Miracleon the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry was the preeminent study of the country’s development and it created the subfield of what could be called the political economy of development. I believed the Soviet Union was a genuine menace. Johnson also makes the strongest case I’ve yet read for a civilian peacetime draft. Oct 13, Matt Shake rated it really liked it. Nonetheless, this is a thought-provoking discussion.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Sorrows of Empire was written during the American preparations for and launching of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Chalmers Johnson

Blowbavk a case of rape by U. Department of Defense is such that Japan has been able to get what it wants from the U. It also discussed blowback from action taken in the last half of the 20th century in Eastern block countries and the Middle East. Johnson is probably best known as a sharp critic of American imperialism.

Johnson was a man who I had heard give interviews and seemed to be one of the ‘go to guys’ for the US anti-war movement. I had no idea we have military bases in Okinawa, or that there was a disastrous global crisis in East Asia in the late 90s, or that America has copiously funded and manipulated countless political campaigns and economies of other countries this just scratches the surface of what Johnson digs into!

We have our own ideology and blind spots just as do Marxists. The Last Days of the American Republic May 27, Aaron Minks rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Johnson sates, “We Americans deeply believe that our role in the world is virtuous – blowbac, our actions are almost invariably for the good of others as well as ourselves.

Sep 28, Dave Winter rated it it was amazing.

This guy fundamentally misunderstands the nature of fiat currency and the essentially destabilizing effect that it has on the global economy. So they tend to support acts intended to lash out against the perpetrators, thereby most commonly preparing the ground for yet another cycle of blowback.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson

Feb 03, Bryson rated it liked it. He was also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education a Chalmers Ashby Johnson was an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego.

This will particularly be the case with the extensive comparisons he makes between the US and the USSR throughout the cold war — many of which are anything but flattering to the US. Johnson barely discusses the Middle East — focusing primarily on East Asia. Books by Chalmers Johnson. The post Clinton era has shown just how much blow back will arise as far as such an arrogant, aggressive and overly inconsistent US foreign policy goes.


Instead of continuing its obsolete Cold War strategy, Johnson calls on the United States to reevaluate its strategic chalmere and to formulate a new foreign policy. Aug 30, Chris White rated it chhalmers was amazing.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

It pulls no punches and does not make any excuses for foreign policy. Mar 06, G. Johnson Chalmers Johnson vs. Selected pages Title Page.

T This book was written in and focuses mostly on blowback of US policies in East Asia, and only peripherally on policies in the Arab world.

Finishing this book you will not only be well informed, you will be freed of the confusing official history of U. Nemesis stalks our life as a free nation. Dismantling the Empire is suggested reading for CIA personnel.

Again, it is another piece of outstanding written material that tragically paints a trajectory for the Empire of the age that is most unfortunate due to the loss of the Dream of the Founding fathers of America. We do not think of these overseas deployments as a form of empire; in fact, most Americans do not give them any thought at all until something truly shocking, such as the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Baybrings them to our attention.

I prefer to think many of these mistakes were caused by bumbling humans who were trying to do the right thing and not diabolical demons. Johnson points out that in several cases American intervention on behalf of a repressive government merely turned American protectorates into implacable enemies.