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Pox Americana: Exposing the American Empireby John Bellamy Foster
Synopses & Reviews
This volume gathers the work of leading left-wing analysts of imperialism to examine the burning question of our time—the nature and prospects of the U.S. imperial project currently being given shape by war and occupation in the Middle East.
Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, Peter Gowan, and others discuss the dynamics at work behind the "War on Terrorism." Their analyses locate recent developments within a longer historical arc, and set out the central questions for research and debate: Is U.S. unilateralism and militarism a sign of the increasing strength of the world's only remaining superpower? Or a desperate response to the erosion of the strategy it developed for ensuring its leadership over the advanced capitalist world during the Cold War? Essays by Barbara Epstein, Amiya Kumar Bagchi and others also examine the prospects for the resistance to imperialism in the United States and globally.
Pox Americana brings together a range of insights and perspectives that were originally presented at a conference in Burlington, Vermont, to honor Harry Magdoff on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. It is a fitting tribute to Magdoff's pioneering analyses of U.S. imperialism and a testimony to the resilience and fruitfulness of the radical tradition.
Book News Annotation:
A left-wing reader that grew out of the May 2003 "Imperialism Today" conference held in Vermont in honor of Harry Magdoff ("the sage of imperialism"). Eighteen contributors including Noam Chomsky, Joseph Halevi, and Bernardine Dohrn discuss the dynamics at work behind the US war on terrorism, placing recent developments in a longer historical arc. They ask whether US unilateralism and militarism are signs of the increasing strength of the world's remaining superpower, or a desperate response to the erosion of the strategy it developed to ensure leadership in the cold war. Co-editor Foster teaches sociology at the U. of Oregon, and McChesney is a media critic who teaches communication at the U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marxs Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.
Robert W. McChesney is professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy and Our Media, Not Theirs, and co-editor of Monthly Review.
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