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Incoherent Empire Incoherent Empire (English) (Paperback): Book by Michael Mann

Incoherent Empire Incoherent Empire (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9781844675289    Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Year of publishing: 2005     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 296        Language: English
In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually a new militarism. Dissecting the economic political military and ideological resources available to the US Mann...Read more
In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually a new militarism. Dissecting the economic political military and ideological resources available to the US Mann concludes that they are so uneven as to generate only an 'incoherent empire' and increasing world disorder. The US is a military giant though it is better at devastating than pacifying countries. It is a political schizophrenic its personality split between multilateralism unilateralism and an actual inability to rule over foreign lands or to control its own supposed client states. It is only a backseat driver of the global economy. It cannot steer it but it prods poorer countries toward an unproductive and unpopular neo-liberalism.
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About the author: Michael Mann
Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. His major works include the prizewinning series The Sources of Social... Read more
Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. His major works include the prizewinning series The Sources of Social Power Volume I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 AD and Volume II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States 1760-1914.
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Review:
Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that...Read more
Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields 'power but not authority' and has succumbed to 'ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.' This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst." - Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire "Amongst contemporary analysts of the new imperialism, Mann is remarkable for his unyielding realism. As he explains in this brilliant but disturbing book, the Stars and Stripes on the Euphrates heralds less a new international order than the dangerously unpredictable reign of the gods of chaos." - Mike Davis
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