The Forging of the American Empire: From the Revolution to Vietnam: A History of Ameri

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Pluto Press, 2003 M06 20 - 464 pages
From Mexico to Vietnam, from Nicaragua to Lebanon, and more recently to Kosovo, East Timor and now Iraq, the United States has intervened in the affairs of other nations. Yet American leaders continue to promote the myth that America is benevolent and peace-loving, and involves itself in conflicts only to defend the rights of others; excesses and cruelties, though sometimes admitted, usually are regarded as momentary aberrations.This classic book is the first truly comprehensive history of American imperialism. Now fully updated, and featuring a new introduction by Howard Zinn, it is a must-read for all students and scholars of American history. Renowned author Sidney Lens shows how the United States, from the time it gained its own independence, has used every available means - political, economic, and military - to dominate other nations.Lens presents a powerful argument, meticulously pieced together from a huge array of sources, to prove that imperialism is an inevitable consequence of the U.S. economic system. Surveying the pressures, external and internal, on the United States today, he concludes that like any other empire, the reign of the U.S. will end -- and he examines how this time of reckoning may come about.

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The Myth of Morality
Forgotten Ally
Fallen Star
On to Canada
Picking the Spanish Bone
Mexico for Americans
Transcontinental Conquest
The Brave Braves
The Big Leap
The War Before the War I
The War Before the War II
Against Friend and Foe
Global Imperialism
The Ecstasy and the Agony
Closing the Circle
Selected Bibliography

Commerce Follows the Flag
The Flag Follows Commerce
Subduing the Banana Republics
The Fine Art of Vandalism

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During the 1960s Sidney Lens, trade unionist, writer and dissident, avidly protested against the trial of the Chicago Eight as part of the 'Committee to Defend the Conspiracy' with, amongst others, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag and Norman Mailer. He also contributed significantly to the organisation of Anti-War marches held in Washington DC and San Francisco in 1969, protesting against the Vietnam War. Sidney Lens has written thirteen books. The Forging of the American Empire was originally published by Apollo Editions in 1974.

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