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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Blowback by Chalmers Johnson 1 10 Jul 30, Written prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, this book accurately predicts increasing blowback against the United States both at home and abroad in response to its late 20th Century foreign policy. To anyone who is wondering why citizens of many foreign countries hate the United States, this book is a must read.
So while this book does cover some ground as far as post World War Two, US colonial reach, it does not truly set out to conclusively satisfy with a comprehensive over view of such a hegemonic empire.
He was a strong believer in the importance of language and historical training for conducting serious research. This important work, well researched and documented, should be on the shelf of any serious student of US foreign policy. As our citizens fall further behind the industrialized world and, eventually, cede economic superiority to other nations that have invested in their economic infrastructure, America will find itself with fewer allies because of its belligerent stances. Terms we accept as explaining how things are sound very different to people outside our country.
He claims the 30s depression was deepened and prolonged due to currency speculation. Johnson set the agenda for 10 or 15 years in social science scholarship on China with his book on peasant nationalism. The concept ” blowback ” does not just mean retaliation for things our government has done to and in foreign countries.
Essential reading for anyone who doubts that the United States constitutes an imperial power in the world whether for good, ill, or both.
American Book Award Chalmers book was more than thought provoking but maybe not quite live changing. But it really makes you think: Account Options Sign in.
His ability to convey foreign views of American policy is impressive and convincing, undoubtedly because of his personal interaction with foreigners throughout his career. Recently, the IMF itself has noted that its policies are often counterproductive, though it refuses to actually reform them. Johnson focuses mainly on East Asia: Many of the nations he identifies as potential pressure cookers — primarily Japan and South Korea — remain as stable partners of the United States in the international theater to this day.
This should be required reading for everyone! 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. The world is not a safer place as a result.
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
A great read in its own right, but as a bonus, it’s also prompted a great deal of further reading. He coined the term ” developmental state “. Blwoback sets up the conditions for blowback. Aug 11, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: It refers to retaliation for the numerous illegal operations we have carried out abroad that were kept totally secret from the American public.
Economics played a key role in producing the blowback — the sometime violent response to US intervention and domination — that resulted. We assumed a role that placed above international law. There is very little attempt at organization or blowbacl flow to the presentation of these arguments.
This book is certainly a good read for any one who wishes to better under stand why much of the World does not see the United States as a ‘good guy’. Or suffer the blowback. The greatest weakness for me however was in the exploration of economics and policy related to such.
Feb 03, Bryson rated it liked it. He argued that the United States has become an empire and is in danger of “imperial overreach. 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.
The book is lauded because of this for predicting the World Trade Center attacks of 11 Septemberbut I would similarly dispute the prescience of his claims. I’m not sure how he got it but it’s fills the pages.
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The idea of such has filled me with horror all of my life, and yet Johnson just about pushed me onto the fence on the subject. The first thing to know is that both the title and subtitle are misleading.
In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and johnsson to force global economic integration on its own terms.
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.