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The American Empire Project

"Americans have long believed that the very notion of empire is an offense against our democratic heritage, yet in recent months, these two words -- American empire -- have been on everyone's lips. At this moment of unprecedented economic and military strength, the leaders of the United States have embraced imperial ambitions openly. How did we get to this point? And what lies down the road?

"To address these questions, Metropolitan Books offers the American Empire Project. In these short, argument-driven books, our leading writers and thinkers will mount an immodest challenge to the fateful exercise of empire-building and to explore every facet of the developing American imperium, while suggesting alternate ways of thinking about, confronting, and acting in a new American century.

"The project has been developed by Tom Engelhardt ( and Steve Fraser, two editors with long and distinguished careers in publishing -- at Pantheon and Basic Books -- who are themselves historians and writers." [1]

The American Empire Project Book List

Accessed March 2010: [2]

  • A People's History of American Empire; by Howard Zinn, Paul Buhle, Mike Konopacki
  • A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror; by Alfred McCoy
  • Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism; by Bill Kauffman
  • Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency; by Michael T. Klare
  • Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, Revised edition; by Chalmers Johnson
  • Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War; by James Carroll
  • Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam; by Robert Dreyfuss
  • Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire; by Walden Bello
  • Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism; by Greg Grandin
  • Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy; by Noam Chomsky
  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance; by Noam Chomsky
  • How to Succeed at Globalization: A Primer for Roadside Vendors; by El Fisgón
  • Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post 9/11 World; by Noam Chomsky
  • In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond; by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, and Brendan Smith
  • Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal; by Anthony Arnove
  • Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic; by Chalmers Johnson
  • The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger; by Jonathan Schell
  • The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic; by Chalmers Johnson
  • The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives; by Nick Turse
  • The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism; by Andrew Bacevich
  • War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution; by Peter Irons
  • What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World: Interviews with David Barsamian; by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian



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  1. About, American Empire Project, accessed March 31, 2010.
  2. The American Empire Project Book List, American Empire Project, accessed March 31, 2010.