the author of the prophetic national bestseller Blowback,
a startling look at militarism, American style, and its consequences
abroad and at home.
the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described
first as the globe's "lone superpower," then as a "reluctant
sheriff," next as the "indispensable nation," and now,
in the wake of 9/11, as a "New Rome." Here, Chalmers Johnson
thoroughly explores the new militarism that is transforming America
and compelling its people to pick up the burden of empire.
us of the classic warnings against militarism – from George Washington's
farewell address to Dwight Eisenhower's denunciation of the military-industrial
complex – Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the
present, he maps America's expanding empire of military bases and the
vast web of services that supports them. He offers a vivid look at the
new caste of professional warriors who have infiltrated multiple branches
of government, who classify as "secret" everything they do,
and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest.
Johnson's provocative conclusions is that American militarism is putting
an end to the age of globalization and bankrupting the United States,
even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent blowback.
Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American republic
has already crossed its Rubicon – with the Pentagon leading the way.