" I'll say one thing for Chalmers Johnson's writings - they certainly make me think and challenge my assumptions. Johnson is an unrepentant critic of American militarism and imperialism and he makes a convincing case that the U.S. is on the way down because of these factors. I do take issue with how, at the start of the book, he seemed to cherry-pick statistics about U.S. armed forces stationed overseas, making it sound like every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine in uniform was little more than a felon-in-waiting. Certainly, there are legitimate problems in many places overseas where U.S. troops get in trouble with the local law (Johnson cites quite frequently Okinawa, with good reason). I have served twice in Okinawa and can attest to the fact that there are a great many U.S. bases there, and that seemingly outside the gates of every one are an array of bars and clubs catering to the wants of young people far from their own home. Sometimes the patrons of these establishments get out of hand and incidents occur. At any rate, while I was consuming this audiobook, I also screened the 2005 documentary movie "Why We Fight," in which Johnson appears. It was interesting to see him on screen delivering some of the same warnings against empire and militarism that are contained in his books. I had previously read his 2000 book "Blowback" and in fact this book covers some of the same ground, but even so, this book covers a lot of new ground, coming as it did after 9/11 and the 2003 Iraq War. I plan to get to some of Johnson's more recent books in the future, though the recently published "Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope," will certainly be his last book, as that he passed away last November. Recommended for those who have an open mind to criticisms of the U.S. "
— Gary, 2/14/2014