Chalmers A. Johnson, Author, Shara Kay, Editor Metropolitan Books $26 (p) focuses on the effects of “”blowback,”” a term coined by the CIA to denote the. The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson. Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted In this sure-to-be- controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the.

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This made it impossible to speculate on currencies and added stability to the world economy. On November 20,Chalmers Johnson died after a long illness from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at his home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. English Choose a language for shopping. Chalmers book was more than thought provoking but maybe not quite live changing. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

See all reviews. This book provides an insightful analysis of the flaws and ineptitude of American Foreign policy, principally with focus on the East Asian region. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In the face of his passion, it’s clear he doesn’t want to understand this as why Japan has been stagnant for the last blowbac, years or more; however, the problem is not cultural–it’s endemic. Thisbook explains how johnxon process has worked against our nation and created the insecurity we now face as we become a We often johnsln why there is anger against the USA around the world.

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I got the point, appreciated it, learned from it, and set the book aside. The US is a rogue state. He claims that their political system is so badly rigged and seen as such in Japan, that the average Japanese citizen feels totally alienated from the political system.

Chalmers knowledge of history and foreign policy are superb.


A long-time Cold Warriorhe applauded the dissolution of the Soviet Union: On the one hand, it confronts post-Cold War American imperialism incisively and aggressively and by that name, which is something. It’s what we are fed by our government and by our news media, but it’s mythology.

It is an unbelievably cogent argument about how Chalmefs Foreign Policy has caused and will continue to cause future generations of hatred towards America and her citizens. We are prevented from accurate analysis of our status and stature globally because the media filters out the truth of our actions and their effects on other nations. This important work, well blowabck and documented, should be on the shelf of any serious student of US foreign policy.

Paul Kennedy or early John Mearsheimer can help with overstretch. Prior to this, the country will have to deal with violent uprisings and political discontent in its satellites. The second main take away is that America’s increasing reliance on military might and ideological purity, as divorced from its own actions, have lessened the credibility of the nation and made it harder for Jonson to maintain its standing.

This is the second book I’ve read from Chalmers Johnson, and it was definitely another success.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

For example, it would be nice if the US could end despotism in places like North Korea but the reality is, according to Johnson, that trying to do so through US intervention has created more long-term pain for the US and Korea than if we’d have tried a more nuanced approach than war.

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He coined the term ” developmental state “. Because of jonnson this book is important. Ghost Wars and the Looming Tower both present meticulously researched accounts of the road to September 11th.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Knowing the motivations of others allows the creation of a constructive foreign policy. But one great improvement would be if people would stop killing each other in the name of “liberty. Finishing this book you will not only be well informed, you will be freed of the confusing official history of U.


This leaves us clueless to the reality that we press upon other nations calling it benevolence at home, but serving up crushing hegemony overseas. Jan 07, Ben Burtzos rated it really liked it. 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.

Now my objections to compulsory military service are better-informed, and I can say this–there are advantages to it that our current professionalized force lacks, and we’d be well-advised to address those deficiencies by some means. It was a good choice.

This book poses the question “Why do we have overtroops in Japan and Korea? I also suspected that many of my peers felt the same way – we couldn’t explain why, but we were definitely uncomfortable with how our country handled itself in other parts of the world.

After reading this book I realize that I had such a small window of knowledge. Such bodies are in no way related to a true free market. Apr 01, Marc rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was a good point but hammered so hard and repeatedly that I did not finish.

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.