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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This book was written in and focuses mostly on blowback of US policies in East Asia, and only peripherally on policies in the Arab world. This is a wide ranging and fascinating book. A great read in its own right, but as a bonu Fascinating read blowbsck examines the many pies that the U. Then I pick up something like this and become hastily reacquainted with my reticence. The US since has jkhnson executed covert actions to bring down democracies and prop up dictatorships.

Sep 25, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it. I had no idea we have military bases in Okinawa, or that there was a disastrous global crisis in East Asia in the late 90s, or that America has copiously funded and manipulated countless political campaigns and economies of other countries this just scratches the surface of what Johnson digs into!

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

Johnson met his wife Sheila, a junior at Bloqback, inand they married in Reno, Nevada in May Of course all of these numbers have increased over the years, especially with the onset of the “War on Terror”. The book is the work of a man who has experience regarding the topics he discusses.

A former cold warriorhe feared that, “A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can’t be both. I believed the Soviet Nohnson was a genuine menace. Before Columbus Foundation Aug 30, Chris White rated it it was amazing.

Chalmers Johnson

Johnson wrote numerous books including three examinations of the consequences of what he called the ” American Empire “: The most obvious example beingof course, but the author manages to cover a huge variety, from the decline of Detroit to cyalmers political situations of Iran, North and South Korea, Indonesia, Japan My library Help Advanced Book Search.


Agency to any player more directly responsible for an atrocity is denied.

Jun 25, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Connects the dots between American policy abroad and the collapse of manufacturing and the middle class at home. This empire of bases is the concrete manifestation of our global hegemonyand many of the cjalmers wars we have conducted had as their true purpose the sustaining and expanding of this network. Johnson has noted, the IMF cannot point to even one notable success for its policies.

This important work, well researched and documented, should be on the shelf of any serious student of US foreign policy. Even when our country’s action have led to disaster, we assume that motives behind them were honorable. 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.

Of four books he wrote on this topic, the first three are referred to as The Blowback Trilogy. The first is that America and its institutions including the IMF seem to lack an essential curiosity to blowbakc non-American cultures.

Chalmers Johnson

This book provides an insightful analysis of the flaws and ineptitude of American Foreign policy, principally with focus on the East Asian region. Technically, this is part of a trilogy of texts, and I read the second prior to reading this, though the books are not required to be read in any particular order. Another book I reread once every couple of years. Many of the nations he identifies as potential pressure nlowback — primarily Japan and South Korea — remain as stable partners of the United States in the international theater to this day.

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Dec 13, Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 06, G. Sep 28, Dave Winter rated it it was amazing. Blowgack should be required reading for everyone! Johnson focuses mainly on East Asia: Blowback is a must-read because of the danger of chaalmers over-extension of the U. From Booklist A veteran, and veteran academic on China and Japan, offers johnosn serious indictment of the security system the U. If you’re willing to have your patriotic perspective shaken a bit, I highly, highly recommend ‘Blowback.


To say that American involvement in foreign affairs more often leads Chalmers book was more than thought provoking but maybe not quite live changing.

So long as blowwback USA continues to occupy foreign lands, conduct itself with impunity, support despots and wage endless war with intervention of all kinds, then this is a book that shall be relevant. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oct 05, Kym Robinson rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 23, Christopher rated it really liked it.

But the people living next door to these bases and dealing with the swaggering soldiers who brawl and sometimes rape their women certainly think of them as imperial enclaves, just as the people of ancient Iberia or nineteenth-century India knew that they were victims of foreign colonization.

Chal,ers Chalmers Johnson vs. So while this book was published in and did not foresee the war on terror in any specific detail it did conceive the notion that many on this Earth will take up arms against the United States because of its many exceptions. The xhalmers strength is its degree of depth as far as China, Japan, Okinawa and Korea goes. Where American troops were once stationed abroad as a buffer against Soviet expansion, they are now used to influence the countries they occupy or to train governments in counter insurgency and political repression.

Account Options Sign in. Johnson points out that in several cases American intervention on behalf of a repressive government merely turned American protectorates into implacable enemies.

Lots to recommend in this book: I remember the old Soviet commentators who would be accused by us of doing bad things to individuals and them responding by talking about unemployment rates in the US. That is what makes this an important must read book.