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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He makes a fascinating point that the US concept of freedom is basically an 18th century conception of individual freedom, whilst the Soviet and Chinese conceptions were 19th century collective notions. The Costs and Chalkers of American Empire. This book is remarkable.

In this sure-to-be-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 markets to force global economic integration on its own terms.

Views Read Edit View history. Johnson points out that in several cases American intervention on behalf of a repressive government merely turned American protectorates into implacable enemies. Sep 25, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Piss-poor, monocausal social science! Thus it goes the world over with the U. 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.

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Time after time this book illuminated history for me, in particular concerning the Korean War and trade relations between the U. 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. Nov 10, Marc rated it really liked it. Retrieved from ” https: Paperback2ndpages. He claims that the US needs to better integrate both its foreign policy objectives chaomers economic objectives — both of which come most clearly into conflict in its dealings with countries like South Korea and Japan which it gives economic preference to, at the chamers of US industry, companies and jobs.

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The world is not a safer place as a result. Often, these ‘covert’ operations blowbafk been hidden mostly from the US people, while citizens of the target countries have understood very well what was happening.

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This book shows how the military structure and the defense agenda chalmerw divorced themselves from This is the second book I’ve read from Chalmers Johnson, and it was definitely another success. It is in the discussion of economics that the book really stalls and bogs itself down.

Fascinating read that examines the many pies that the U. Ironically, the most persuasive line of reasoning in the book – the disconnect between US military expenditures and military needs after – is mostly tangential to the main thrust of his argument.

But the evidence is building up that in the decade following the end of the Cold War, the Unites States largely abandoned a reliance on diplomacy, economic aid, international law, and multilateral institutions in carrying out its foreign policies and resorted much of the time to bluster, military force, and financial manipulation.

To say that it is done through malicious intent is so far over the top. Where American troops were once stationed abroad as a buffer against Soviet johjson, they are now used to influence the countries they occupy or to train governments in counter insurgency and political repression. His view is that the US has not finished fighting the cold war, even if the USSR no longer exists to be fought against. Johnson set the agenda for 10 or 15 years in social science scholarship on China with his book on peasant nationalism.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson

The book is the work of a man who has experience regarding the topics he discusses. 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’.

What other country has troops stationed in over countries? He was also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education a Chalmers Ashby Johnson was an American author and professor emeritus of the Cgalmers of California, San Diego.

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It refers to the U. The world has gone mad with ideological crusaders who, like the infamous Don Quixote, do more harm than good while chasing windmills. It would be good to broaden my intellectual horizons and see what sorts of theories are floating around out there. Jihnson book provides detailed and disturbing information on the history of US involvement in Korea, Japan and China.

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This is fine in and of itself, but along the way he peppers in anecdotes and examples from the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, occasionally with little to no explanatory investigation.

Employing the strategy of the weak, they killed innocent bystanders, whose innocence is, of course, no different from that of the civilians killed by American bombs in Iraq, Serbia, Chhalmers, and elsewhere. It rarely explores other regions or what’s usually termed blowback.

Dec 13, Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okinawans want to end the stationing of U.

Such bodies are in no way related to a true free market. This important work, well researched and documented, should be on the shelf of any serious student of US foreign policy. For example, it was the CIA who established the Sha in the Iranian government in the s, and now America is paying the price for it.

The founders of our nation understood this well and tried to create a form of government — a republic — that would prevent this from occurring.

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The American challenge in the 21st Century according to Johnson involves dismantling the Boowback empire and coping with blowback. But Johnson wrote this book from a realist perspective, and I liked it enough that it ignited a slow conversion for me. It refers to retaliation for the numerous illegal operations we have carried out abroad that were kept totally secret from the American public. Other editions – View all Blowback: Well, Johnson’s meticulously-researched-and-c ‘Blowback’ is both brilliant and deeply unsettling.