La serie di libri che Chalmers Johnson ha dedicato alle conseguenze della politica estera americana trova in Nemesi il suo atto conclusivo. Negli Ultimi giorni dell'impero americano, Johnson aveva enunciato il rischio della "rappresaglia" che prima o poi gli Stati Uniti avrebbero dovuto subire, cosa poi avveratasi con gli attentati dell'11 settembre. Nelle Lacrime dell'impero aveva denunciato il militarismo eccessivo alla base ? sempre più fragile ? del primato dell'ultima superpotenza del pianeta. In Nemesi esamina il futuro degli Stati Uniti in questo nuovo scenario. Le grandiose ambizioni dell'amministrazione americana e le spinte del terrorismo hanno profondamente cambiato la natura del paese, infrangendo spesso il dettato della Costituzione. I servizi segreti sono diventati una sorta di milizia personale agli ordini del presidente, con palesi violazioni dei diritti umani (vedi Guantánamo a Cuba, Abu Ghraib in Iraq, Bagram in Afghanistan).
Intanto, per sostenere le spese militari e i consumi, il paese affonda sotto un debito gigantesco. Così gli Stati Uniti devono scegliere: rinunciare ai sogni di potenza per tornare ai valori che hanno ispirato la loro storia; oppure continuare lungo una strada che può portare solo al disastro.
Il tempo della decisione, però, avverte Johnson, sta per scadere?
- ISBN: 8811597838
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 448
Stunning! This is an even better book than Blowback , which I thought was mind blowing. I am going to have to track down part two of this trilogy. This was almost painful to read. The detailed retellings of US involvement in torture at the start left me once again reeling in disbelief – no matter how Leggi tutto
This book was both hard and easy to read. I thought it was going to be very difficult to get through but in fact, by reading just one chapter a night, I was able to get through it quickly and easily, time-wise that is. There are only 7 chapters and each one is only 30 pages or so in length. On the ot Leggi tutto
I've read a few books like this--leftist critiques of American foreign policy--in the last few years, and I often find them problematic. Many of them have good information, and good research, and good writing. But in the end don't really amount to anything. I feel like Nemesis is one of these. I alre Leggi tutto
Chalmers Johnson's third book about the pernicious influence of militarism on our country is excellent. I was a participant in or observer of many of the incidents Dr. Johnson discussed in his first book, "Blowback", and worked with him when I was the US Information Agency's Japan desk officer from
While his book 'Blowback' had some real impact and covered a lot of issues relating to the American Empire in the later stages of the 20th Century, 'Nemesis' is a poor follow up. It is however an expected sequel given the events occurring at the time of its publication. Much of what was raised in 'B Leggi tutto
This is the very author who has shown, to my mind convincingly, how the books work on the hill and that the U.S. actually spends 80% of their budget on War and Secret Agencies not the lower figures so often quoted. Mind you they are wars too, he shows, that are not heroic or rescuing of the downtrod Leggi tutto
I've been a big fan of Johnson's past two books, Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire and have been looking forward to reading this most recent work since I first heard of it. However, where the previous two books clearly positioned US' foreign policy as an off-shoot of the militarism which infects ev Leggi tutto
If you want a book that deeply explores why America seems to be (I'm being hopeful) headed down the wrong river, this is it -- with discussions on the rise of militarism; a comparison of Rome, Britain & America; the sordid history of the CIA; the basing of soldiers anywhere on the globe America plea Leggi tutto
This book is the the third installment from Chalmers Johnson that was preceeded by Blowback and The Sorrows Of Empire. It is the continuation of his thesis that spans the three books contending that militarism and a permanent war economy are incompatible with our republican form of government. In Ne Leggi tutto
This book is not as rich or as original as "Sorrows of Empire" -- it is more journalistic, and less sustained. The material is also largely familiar to anyone who has read the newspapers or any books over the period concerned (Iraq). Finally, written before the Financial Crisis -- the GFC, aka, "The Leggi tutto
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