War and Empire: The American Way of Life

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    Paul L. Atwood

    Publisher: Pluto Books

    Year: 2010

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 272 pages

    ISBN: 9780745327648

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A study of US imperialism that argues America's leaders have chosen to go to war for influence and power ever since the declaration of independence.

In this provocative study, Paul Atwood attempts to show Americans that their history is one of constant wars of aggression and imperial expansion.

In his long teaching career, Atwood has found that most students know virtually nothing about America's involvement in the wars of the 20th century, let alone those prior to World War I. War and Empire aims to correct this, clearly and persuasively explaining US actions in every major war since the declaration of independence. The book shows that, far from being dragged reluctantly into foreign entanglements, America's leaders have always picked their battles in order to increase its influence and power, with little regard for those killed in the process.

This book is an eye-opening introduction to the American way of life for undergraduate students of American history, politics and international relations.

About the Author

One of the original founders of the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass-Boston, Paul Atwood served in the Marine Corps, and became active in antiwar efforts and veterans issues after discharge. He is retired from the faculty in the American Studies Department at UMass Boston. He edited the Joiner Center publication Agent Orange: Medical, Scientific, Legal, Political and Psychological Issues and recently co-edited Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars. He contributes to the on-line journal Counterpunch. He is author most recently of War and Empire: The American Way of Life (Pluto, 2010).

What People Are Saying

"Masterful ... gives us a panoramic view of American expansion, beginning with the first invasions of the continent and continuing to the present wars in the Middle East." Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus, Boston University, author of A People's History of the United States

"A clear-headed and compelling account of the development of the American empire, an invaluable corrective to standard myth-making accounts." Marilyn Young, professor of History at New York University, author of Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History (NY, the New press, 2009) and The Vietnam Wars 1945-1990 (NY, Harper, 1991)

"In this myth-busting book, Paul Atwood offers an impassioned and provocative challenge to all that Americans think they know about how the United States became a great power." Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: American Ideology versus American Realities
2. By the Sword We Seek Peace
3. French, Indians, Rebellion and Repression
4. An Empire for Liberty?
5. From Ashes to Empire
6. War with Spain, then Another and Another
7. World War I:Making the World Safe for American Capital Investment
8. Pearl Harbor: The Spark but not the Cause
9. Cold War: The Clash of Ideology or of Empires?
10. Cold War/Hot War: Savage Wars of Peace?
11. War on Terror
12. Conclusion

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