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Theater of War: The Innocent American Empire


Theater of War: The Innocent American Empire

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    Available in PDF Format | Theater of War: The Innocent American Empire.pdf | English
    Lewis Lapham(Author)

Nothing will be the same after September 11th. This is the wisdom, offered and widely received since the announcement of the war on terrorism: a permanent war declared on both an unknown enemy and an abstract noun. But in Theater of War, Lewis Lapham shows with customary intelligence and wit that the recent imperial behavior of the United States government is perfectly consistent with the practice of past administrations.

Finding skeptics in the battle against evil has been a rare achievement. For example, as Lapham points out: -Ted Koppel struck the preferred note of caution on November 2 when introducing the Nightline audience to critics of the American bombing of Afghanistan: 'Some of you, many of you, are not going to like what you hear tonight. You don't have to listen.'- Unpopular opinions seldom make an appearance on the network news, and during the months since the destruction of the World Trade Center, the voices of dissent have been few and far between. Lewis Lapham is an exception. Almost alone among mainstream political commentators, he has had the courage to question the motive and feasibility, as well as the imperial pretension, of the Bush administration's infinite crusade against the world's evildoers.

Lapham writes from a long and honorable tradition of speaking truth to power, and he is among the wittiest, most lucid stylists in the business. . . . None of his observations proves to be anything less than prophetic.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Lewis Lapham(Author)
  • The New Press; Subsequent edition (1 Jan. 2002)
  • English
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  • By Mr. N. A. Darby on 26 March 2003

    Lewis Lapham and Gore Vidal are probably the best two commentators on American politics today. This is yet another gem from a fine list of books by Lapham. Anyone wanting to understand the corruption of empire and its effect on the rest of the world should read this book. And then also try Mr Vidal.

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