• Blowback (Second Edition)

  • The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
  • By: Chalmers Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-01-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (157 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The term "blowback", invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended consequences of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire and reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.
©2000 Chalmers Johnson (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Boldly provocative....A useful and timely alert." ( The New York Times)
"A straight-talking analysis of America's global conduct during the Cold War and since, and what we're going to pay for it." ( The Nation)
"It is indeed a new post-Cold War ballgame, and Johnson's warning, if it were heeded in Washington, would help keep America safe from the temptation of untrammeled power." ( Newsday)
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4 out of 5 stars
By J. Jason on 10-15-11


If Dr. Johnson is correct about what's going on behind the scenes of the body politic, we are all pawns and puppets (and stooges?) in a feeding frenzy of money and power by the rich and powerful.

It is at least unsettling. For me, being a cynic by nature, it's frightening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cory Brickner on 11-13-17

Terrorism is a symptom of foreign policy

If you ever thought that "they hate us for our freedom" you really should listen to what's in Blowback. From the CIA overthrow of the popularly elected Iranian president in 1953 until now, the government's policies and agencies purposefully interfere in the affairs of other countries, causing the loss of everything we supposedly hold so dear in our country, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are just like every other empire that existed that will eventually fall due to corruption and the treatment of the people it subjugates unless "we the people" understand what our government is doing and put a stop to it. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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5 out of 5 stars
By GEOFFREY on 02-05-18

Need to read again and take notes

It helps to explain how power and greed mixed with megalomania can be so destructive. It makes a mockery of so called education.

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