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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chalmers Johnson Narrator: Tom Weine Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


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


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.