Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
By: Chalmers Johnson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., 2000
“Blowback” is a CIA term referring to the unintended consequences of American policies. This controversial book sets out the dangers of U.S. empire-building with its concomitant commitment of military forces and use of economic markets to force global change. Johnson’s hypothesis is that these policies will cause a “blowback” of disasters. Interesting and thought-provoking, especially since it was written prior to 9/11.
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