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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chalmers Johnson Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781455187263
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This final volume of Chalmers Johnson’s bestselling Blowback trilogy confronts the overreaching of the American empire and the threat it poses to the republic.

In his prophetic book Blowback, Johnson linked the CIA’s clandestine activities abroad to disaster at home. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored how the growth of American militarism has jeopardized our security. Now, in Nemesis, he shows how American imperialism undermines the republic itself, both economically and politically.

Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores in vivid detail the likely consequences of our dependence on a permanent war economy and what it will mean when the globe’s sole “hyperpower,” no longer capable of paying for the vaulting ambitions of its leaders, becomes the greatest hyper-debtor of all time. In his stunning conclusion, Johnson suggests that the crisis of a financial breakdown could ultimately prove to be the only path to a renewed nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Johnson’s important new book is something with which anyone who aspires to a worthwhile opinion about this country’s future must now contend.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A biting, often effective indictment of some ugly and troubling features of America’s foreign policy and domestic politics.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As Johnson outlines the ‘dangerous path’ the United States has forged, narrator Tom Weiner’s steady, deep voice offers comfort to a rocky journey…Weiner’s voice of reason resonates as listeners are left questioning our future.”

    AudioFile

  • “[Nemesis] continues the author’s broad condemnation of American foreign policy by warning of imminent constitutional and economic collapse.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/26/2014

    " Chalmers Johnson's third book about the pernicious influence of militarism on our country is excellent. I was a participant in or observer of many of the incidents Dr. Johnson discussed in his first book, "Blowback", and worked with him when I was the US Information Agency's Japan desk officer from mid-1985 through mid-1987. Dr. Johnson, a patriotic, Republican economist with extensive international experience, raises interesting questions about the extent to which "the military-industrial complex" has jeopardized our domestic political system and Constitution while damaging our long-term interests and standing abroad. He makes his points with readable prose and ample evidence. Reading this book while the news that our vice president considers himself exempt from all laws when it suits his ends made an interesting real world, real time illustration of Johnson's argument. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 1/18/2014

    " Chalmers Johnson has some good points about how the CIA does whatever the hell it wants and how the military industrial complex is out of control. But he fails to look at the bigger picture, that the United States is a force for peace and has brought global stability even if it has screwed up many times along the way. This book is entertaining but does not show the whole truth of the matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/16/2014

    " A conservative look at the state of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Mac | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting read. Chalmers Thesis is the American Republic is in danger of collapsing due to the rise of it's military industrial complex, the presidents power growing to resemble that of a pseudo-dictator and the governments attempts to expand their hegemony around the world. Nemesis is very well written and Chalmers makes a provocative argument. For those who are read up on American secrecy and foreign policy might find this a little redundant at times. I will say that Chalmers seems to tout facts that he doesn't really back up with anything, so there were things I was definitely wary of. It is definitely an interesting perspective, much of which I agree with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Blunden | 1/3/2014

    " A good expose as to where the US's foreign policy has taken it, but whether it sways the non-converted is another matter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 12/30/2013

    " Discouraging but true. Time to indulge in some comfort reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/18/2013

    " A depressing book. but necessary. It made me suspicious of any presidential candidate claiming to bring change. As long as the CIA is around, that's not likely to happen. It also infuriated me to know what the bulk of my tax dollars are paying for: the military industrial complex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qian Li | 12/16/2013

    " While I don't agree with his conclusion that America should repatriate from the rest of the world and reduce its international influence, I do agree that the military-industrial complex and social media are the serious threats to the well-being of democracy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J. Jr. | 10/28/2013

    " Johnson is a must read, if you want to know America's future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/15/2013

    " Troubling but very informative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 8/25/2013

    " For anyone who has been paying attention to US domestic and foreign policy, this book is mostly a review as the author details the dismantling of the constitution's system of checks and balances which is, of course, an impediment to those who want to save the empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/24/2013

    " yep. it's the last days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Martin | 3/23/2013

    " Let's not be in denial. We're an imperial power in decline. We're making the same mistakes that led to the declines of previous empires. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frodo | 1/25/2013

    " For those who appreciate the problems of an empire nation, this is a book to read. The USA, Rome and Great Britain have similar stories. Our story as a nation is drifting toward an ending as we know it like that of previous empires. A troubling analysis of the path we are on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raimi Quiton | 8/19/2012

    " Don't read this at bedtime or you risk becoming so agitated that you can't sleep. Great book, though. RIP Chalmers Johnson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/26/2012

    " The third in his important trilogy is as good, as thought-provoking, as the two preceding volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 3/4/2012

    " Three-part series on what's wrong with the American Empire...love this kind of book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Bishop | 1/17/2012

    " Quite interesting. Good cautionary reading for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kohl Gill | 4/4/2011

    " Phenomenal. I already plan on reading this again in a while. What surprised me most were the parallels with thinkers like Thomas Barnett, as well as the notion of completely disbanding the CIA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Moskos | 3/23/2011

    " If you want to know "why they hate us" (& why we're bankrupt--in every possible way), read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/31/2011

    " If you want to know "why they hate us" (& why we're bankrupt--in every possible way), read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raimi | 12/18/2010

    " Don't read this at bedtime or you risk becoming so agitated that you can't sleep. Great book, though. RIP Chalmers Johnson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 8/9/2010

    " unabridged audio book, excellent. will purchase and use of future policy classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frodo | 2/7/2010

    " For those who appreciate the problems of an empire nation, this is a book to read. The USA, Rome and Great Britain have similar stories. Our story as a nation is drifting toward an ending as we know it like that of previous empires. A troubling analysis of the path we are on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/25/2010

    " A good expose as to where the US's foreign policy has taken it, but whether it sways the non-converted is another matter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/4/2010

    " The third in his important trilogy is as good, as thought-provoking, as the two preceding volumes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/2/2009

    " Somewhat repetitive but a MUST READ for every American. If you can read this, and still think that we must "police the world", there is no hope for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 8/22/2009

    " For anyone who has been paying attention to US domestic and foreign policy, this book is mostly a review as the author details the dismantling of the constitution's system of checks and balances which is, of course, an impediment to those who want to save the empire. "

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About the Author
Author Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is the author of the bestselling books Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis, which make up his Blowback Trilogy. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, Nation, and TomDispatch.com. He lives near San Diego, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.