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 explains how the CIA and its annexes take action without thinking of the consequences. Jun 08, Marissa Ovick rated it it was amazing.
Punching a man in the face, or killing his family, is not the best way to make him your friend. This book is a must read for students of political science and general readers with an interest in international politics. 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.
And someone like Barry Eichengreen, Dambisa Moyo, or William Easterly will get down and dirty on the economic side of imperialism. An johbson reliance on a militarized foreign policy Retrieved from ” https: In a new edition that addresses recent international events from September 11 to the war in Iraq, this blowbwck classic book remains as prescient and powerful as ever.
I remember the rape case of the twelve year old girl by johnsin three US servicemen, but had never really thought about it at the time. I had to read a few passages a few blodback to make sure I understood what was being said and this is not a book for the casual reader but the content is invaluable.
Rees November 25, This should be required reading for everyone!
Our very expensive and extensive efforts are counterproductive. Feb 28, Clif rated it it was amazing.
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire – Chalmers Johnson – Google Books
The entire point of the book was convered early on and and Chalmers seemed to belabor it. He claims that the US needs to better integrate both its foreign pol This book is remarkable. The book discusses US foreign policy the East Asia Okinawa, Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, and Indochina and it military and economic hold on that areas to remain a world economic hegemony.
Okinawans want to end the stationing of U. In case after case, Johnson demonstrates the negative impact of American military bases on local communities such as Okinawa and parts of the Philippines where, rape, crime, noise, disease, and environmental contamination are routine byproducts of American military presence.
Now while Johnson does have expertise in this region and subject matter his writing tends to take a meander into more of a passionate essay which almost borderlines on a rant. In amongst the jingoism and self afforded ‘exceptionalism’ that only those from within the Imperial bubble hold dear, lies a black and sinister heart which cynically destroys so many innocents in more subtle ways.
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For all its naivtee and unruliness, it was right and American policy wrong. Johnson met his wife Sheila, a junior at Berkeley, inand they married in Reno, Nevada in May In the first book in this trilogy, I tried to provide some of the historical background for understanding the dilemmas we as a nation confront today, although I focused more on Asia — the area of my academic training — than on the Middle East.
I remember that the genre has basically made an art form of stringing together vaguely misleading and highly curated details into tendentious readings of history. The US is a rogue state. Johnson outlines how the United States can reverse American hegemony and preserve the American state.
These forces act not as defenders of the United States but as trainers, in effect working for U. Such events seem to find no exposure in a Washington lead narrative of the Cold War and the years since.
The overwhelmingly anti-American sentiments that are brewing in Okinawa, due to continued US military presence in the region are discussed in details, the economic crises in East Asia in caused partly due to the American Imperialistic overstretch, and unrestricted access to local currency speculation by foreign investors ultimately resulted in huge economic losses for the East Asian nations, leading to anti-american feelings throughout the entire region.
The book does discuss the damage that the United States has inflicted on many parts of the World, its focus however is spent in East Asia.
Late in his career he became well known as a critic of ” rational choice ” approaches, particularly in the study of Japanese politics and political economy.
This is fine in and of itself, johnsob along the way he peppers in anecdotes and examples from the Middle East, Europe I am a bit torn in giving this book a four-star review. Johnson set the agenda for 10 or jobnson years in social science scholarship on China with his book on peasant nationalism.
It provides a another view from what most Americans believe usually because of ignorance of what our government does around the world in the name of spreading democracy.
Well, Johnson’s meticulously-researched-and-c ‘Blowback’ is both brilliant and deeply unsettling. Retrieved 3 February There were a number of early absurdities in the book — like Dr. Another book I reread once every chalemrs of years. However, if you’re only willing to read one book on blowback; read “Imperial Hubris” instead. The fullest regional examination in the book is of Okinawa, used as a lever for policy between Japan and the U.