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Imperial Overstretch


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1. Bush and the Costs of the New American Imperium 2. Empire as the American Way of Life 3. The 'American Century' 4. The Rise of the Bush People 5. The Making of George Bush 6. The Politics of Fear: Bush Hijacks September 11 7. The Doctrine of Pre-emptive War and the Iraqi Debacle 8. Imperial Overstretch: An American Exit? Bibliography Index

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A searing expose of America's oil dependency and its consequences for the Middle East.

About the Author

Roger Burbach is director of research and publication at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA) in Berkeley, California. He is the author of The Pinochet Affair (Zed Books 2003). Jim Tarbell is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in California.


Imperial Overstretch is a sweeping view of the history of US empire, the economic and military underpinnings of this empire, and the rise of the petro-military complex under the Bush administration. It is essential reading for those wishing to understand the rise of the neo-cons, the political birthing of George Bush and the imperial hijacking of September 11.' - Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and the women's peace group CodePink 'A brilliant expose of savage greed and imperial hubris masquerading as the United States of America.' - Mike Davis, University of California at Irvine 'Roger Burbach and Jim Tarbell provide us with indispensable insights into why, for all its bluster and armed might, the American empire has feet of clay. Provocative and comprehensive, this book is must reading for the global resistance movement.' - Walden Bello, 2003 Recipient, Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) "Imperial Overstretch" is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand the underlying motives for the US invasion of Iraq. Placing the Iraqi occupation in the context of the administration's imperial design, the authors highlight the fatal flaws in the administration's destructive drive for global domination.' - Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Petroleum Dependency. 'Imperial Overstretch is a brilliantly argued narrative of the past, present, and future of the American global imperial project. Indispensable reading!' - Richard Falk, author of Declining World Order: America's Imperial Geopolitics (2004) 'At a time when American imperialism is in a particularly brutal and violent phase, this book is essential reading.' - David Barsamian, Alternative Radio, and co-author with Arundhati Roy of 'The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile' and with Noam Chomsky of 'Propaganda & the Public Mind'

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