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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One person found this helpful. Of course all of these numbers have increased over the years, especially with the onset of the “War A wonderful look at America’s recent foreign policy in Southwest Asia.

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.

From Booklist A veteran, and veteran academic on China and Japan, offers a serious indictment of the security system the U. Our very expensive and extensive efforts are counterproductive. Nemesis stalks our life as a free nation.

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This philosophy encourages people to do things out of ideological principle. The result blowbackk this militarism as distinct from domestic defense is more terrorism against the US and its allies, the loss of core democratic values at home, and the eventual crumbling of the American economy.

It is in its coverage of such terrible events like the Gwangju massacre in South Korea inthat johnsno book serves in some way to highlight the savage hypocrisy that coats much of the World.

This book should open some naive minds bkowback have been told there are differences in the two major parties. The author’s focus on the Pacific was both revelatory and embarrassing.

See and discover other items: Every year or so I tell myself that I need to be consuming policy books. Not a bad rant mind you, just one that seems cjalmers lose focus and objectivity at times. This book hits it right out of the park. Aug 02, Marcia rated it it was amazing.


Johnson summarized the intent of the Blowback series in the final chapter of Nemesis. Johnson johnsin probably best known as a sharp critic of American imperialism.

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

On November 20,Chalmers Johnson died after a long illness from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at his home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Rees November 25, Often, these ‘covert’ operations have been hidden mostly from the US people, while citizens of the target countries have understood very well what was happening.

It is important we study the work of Chalmers Johnson who has a clear-eyed and bravely honest grasp of the issues and the history that most affects us in the 21st century. We, as American citizens, need to begin to comprehend the scope and frequency of governmental covert actions so we can do something to control them May 27, Aaron Minks rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This important work, well researched and documented, should be on the shelf of any serious student of US foreign policy.

Oct 15, billyskye rated it it was ok. However, it probably purports to be more than it is. It was only after the Russians had bombed Afghanistan back to the stone age and suffered a Vietnam-like defeat, and the United States had walked away from the death and destruction the CIA had helped cause, that Osama bin Laden turned against his American supporters.

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Chalmers Johnson

In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the da Now with a new and up-to-date Introduction by the author, the bestselling account of the effect of American global policies, hailed as “brilliant and iconoclastic” Los Angeles Times The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of Chalmefs actions abroad.


We decided which groups would control governments in countries where we had influence. But the combination of huge standing armies, almost continuous wars, military Keynesianismand ruinous chalmere expenses have destroyed our republican structure in favor of an imperial presidency. I read, underlined, thoroughly annotated in the margins, and chxlmers this book along to expand the thinking of fellow Americans.

I was particularly impressed by his comparison of American economic terms such as “the free market” to communist terms like “the dictatorship of the proletariat”.

This book provides detailed and disturbing information on the history of US involvement in Korea, Japan and China. Though it at times seemed to be an attack on ‘free market’ economics while also discussing the many interference by National Governments, namely the US or by the IMF. 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, johnosn we’d be well-advised to address those deficiencies blowbxck some means.

I am a bit torn in giving this book a four-star review.

However, if you’re only willing to read one book on blowback; read “Imperial Hubris” instead. I’m chalkers sure how he got it but it’s fills the pages.

After reading this book I realize that I had such a small window of knowledge. He claims that the US needs to better integrate both its foreign policy objectives and 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 expense of US industry, companies and jobs.

Because of this I had known about this book for some time before I was able to track it down and dig my paws into its pages.