Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Dreams of Empire

The New York Review of Books
By Tony Judt

"Talk of "empire" makes Americans distinctly uneasy. This
is odd. In its westward course the young republic was
not embarrassed to suck virgin land and indigenous
peoples into the embrace of Thomas Jefferson's "empire
for liberty." Millions of American immigrants made and
still make their first acquaintance with the US through
New York, "the Empire State." From Monroe to Bush,
American presidents have not hesitated to pronounce
doctrines whose extraterritorial implications define
imperial authority and presume it: there is nothing
self-effacing about that decidedly imperious bird on the
Presidential Seal."

[Click the tittle to get the New York Review of Books article ]

America's Inadvertent Empire.
by William E. Odom and Robert Dujarric
Yale University Press, 285 pp., $30.00

The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American
edited by Andrew J. Bacevich
Ivan R. Dee, 271 pp., $28.95;$16.95 (paper)

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's
Perilous Path in the Middle East.
by Rashid Khalidi
Beacon, 192 pp., $23.00

The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America.
by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
Penguin, 400 pp., $25.95

by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Harvard University Press, 478 pp., $45.00; $19.95

by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Penguin, 427 pp., $27.95

The New Imperialism.
by David Harvey
Oxford University Press, 253 pp., $22.00

Fear: The History of a Political Idea.
by Corey Robin
Oxford University Press, 316 pp., $28.00

A New World Order.
by Anne-Marie Slaughter
Princeton University Press, 341 pp., $29.95

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