This final volume of Chalmers Johnson’s bestselling Blowback trilogy confronts the overreaching of the American empire and the threat it poses to the republic.
In his prophetic book Blowback, Johnson linked the CIA’s clandestine activities abroad to disaster at home. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored how the growth of American militarism has jeopardized our security. Now, in Nemesis, he shows how American imperialism undermines the republic itself, both economically and politically.
Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores in vivid detail the likely consequences of our dependence on a permanent war economy and what it will mean when the globe’s sole “hyperpower,” no longer capable of paying for the vaulting ambitions of its leaders, becomes the greatest hyper-debtor of all time. In his stunning conclusion, Johnson suggests that the crisis of a financial breakdown could ultimately prove to be the only path to a renewed nation.
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A gripping read, if somewhat overblown
In the final installment of the blowback trilogy, Chalmers Johnson seeks to expose the full reach of American imperialism worldwide, and the potentially drastic consequences thereof. He outlines the similarities between the doomed Roman Empire and where America is now, from the grab for executive power at the expense of the republic to celebrity chefs, and lists local reactions to American occupations throughout the world (I don't want to give anything away, but 'not good'). As usual, Johnson has the tendency to sound like a bit of a conspiracy nut, and this is pretty heavy stuff for the casual reader, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable and would reccomend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.
An Excellent History Lesson
Unlike many current books condemning the USA based on an author's opinions and attitudes, Chalmers Johnson uses history to help us understand where America now sits in the world.
This is a very good book that will educate and inform the reader.