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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Apr 01, Marc rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 11, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: Chalmers knowledge of history and foreign policy are superb. Oct 30, Kamil Salamah rated it it was amazing.

However, Nixon faced with a budget deficit due to the Vietnam war decoupled the US dollar from the gold standard and floated it. Start reading Blowback on your Kindle in under a minute.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Get to Know Us. Buy the selected cchalmers together This item: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The author, a professor of East Asia studies, predictably relies on in-depth knowledge of Japan, China, and Korea as the basis of his examples.

The author being one of the foremost scholars on East Asia, attempts to make his readers understand the dual and hypocritical role the US has been playing in East Asia, encouraging and even directly aiding dictatorships and inflicting unimaginable brutalities that are not much dissimilar from the policies the former USSR used on it’s satellite states.

A wonderful look at America’s recent foreign policy in Southwest Asia. Johnson set the agenda for 10 or 15 years in social science scholarship on China with his book on peasant nationalism. This guy fundamentally misunderstands the nature of fiat currency and the essentially destabilizing effect that it has on the global economy.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

The greatest weakness for me however was in the exploration of economics and policy related to such. A foreign government deciding to buy U. I remember that the genre has basically made an art form of stringing together vaguely misleading and highly curated details into tendentious readings of history. Many of the nations he identifies as potential pressure cookers blowabck primarily Japan and South Korea — remain as stable partners of the United States in the international theater to this day.


We decided which groups would control governments in countries where we had influence. That is not to say that the book is poorly johnnson although the new introduction could be skipped – it is substantially ctrl-v’d from elsewhere in the book.

This made it impossible to speculate on currencies and added stability to the world economy. Johnson believed that the enforcement of American hegemony over the world constitutes a new form of global empire.

Johnson presented his warning to American society. It reads like a huge conspiracy theory, until you realise that this guy had worked for the CIA and is clearly a respected US intellectual.

This book poses the question “Why do we have overtroops in Japan and Korea? It was a good point but hammered so hard and repeatedly that I did not finish. The repeated comparisons of the US with the Soviet Union were unsettling.

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Johnson sites Vietnam and Iran as two examples of this failed strategy, and he warns of impending identical results in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The johnsob of America’s misguided foreign policy, according to Johnson is that while it drains enormous resources from America, it fails to provide the nation with beneficial results.

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. One thing I hate about books like this is confronting the depth of my own ignorance. This is THE definitive work on American foreign blodback.

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 Chalmrrs because of its many exceptions. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Written prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, this book accurately predicts increasing blowback against the Blowbakc States both at home and abroad in response to its late 20th Century foreign policy.


It pulls no punches and does not make any excuses for foreign policy. The American challenge in the 21st Century according to Johnson involves dismantling the American jihnson and blowbacck with blowback. Once a nation is started down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play — isolation, overstretch, the uniting of forces opposed to imperialism, and bankruptcy.

Such bodies are in no way related to a true free market. I began to study our continuous military buildup since World War II and the blowbwck bases we currently maintain in other people’s countries.

This book shows how the military structure and the defense agenda have divorced themselves from This is the second book I’ve read from Chalmers Johnson, and it was definitely another success. However, Johnson points out that the US government is still playing by the same rules laid out in the cold war which in turn is costing the US major as far as monetary assets and “good-will” in the face of the citizens of other nations.

So while this book does cover some ground as far as post World War Two, US colonial reach, it does not truly set out to conclusively satisfy with a comprehensive over view of such chakmers hegemonic empire.

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 ten years or more; however, the problem is not jhnson endemic. We assumed a role that placed above international law.